Gender equality has come a long way, for sure. But in the world of research commercialization, not so much. The fact is, women are far less likely than men to have their inventions patented and licensed, to obtain translational funding, or have a start-up company created around their IP.
Studies confirm that women disclose fewer inventions, receive less funding for start-ups, and are not equally represented in business leadership roles. For TTOs, the issue is not just about bias, it’s also a significant economic challenge. Put simply, barriers that keep women from disclosing and commercializing their innovations are costing the TTO valuable IP and patents, potential licensing revenues, and start-up opportunities that may never even get past the idea stage.
The reasons behind the dearth of women in commercialization roles are deeply ingrained, complex, and systemic, which makes solutions hard to come by. But that’s not stopping a growing number of TTOs from trying – and succeeding!
Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has teamed up with a powerful duo of visionaries who have tackled these barriers head-on in their universities to create an empowering ecosystem for women innovators: Women in Research: How TTOs Can Overcome Gender Barriers and Expand Commercialization Activity.
Here’s a quick look at what to expect in this dynamic, strategy-filled webinar:
- Understanding the barriers that prevent women from participating in research and disclosing inventions
- Who in academia has the power to break down those barriers, and how do you convince them of the need for action?
- How the TTO leadership can foster opportunities in student and faculty female entrepreneurship
- Best practices for developing programs, events and funding opportunities for female researchers and entrepreneurs
- Best in class examples shared by Washington University in St. Louis and University of Pittsburgh
Meet Your Session Leaders:
Director, Education and Outreach
University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute
Babs’ role at the university encompasses programs to encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship across campus to all students, faculty, researchers and clinicians. Babs teaches Pitt’s Benchtop to Bedside and Academic Entrepreneurship technology commercialization course to researchers, clinicians and graduate students. She is a serial entrepreneur, writer and educator. For 15 years, Babs helped to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Carnegie Mellon University, teaching entrepreneurship, as an embedded entrepreneur for Project Olympus, and as innovation advisor for the Institute for Social Innovation. She also served as director of training and faculty development at VentureWell, (formerly the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance). Babs is President of Carryer Consulting, and has worked with hundreds of companies and start-ups to grow their businesses. Babs is also co-founder of LaunchCyte, with a portfolio of five companies which have commercialized university technologies into marketplace products. She is a co-founder of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Women in Bio.
Nichole Mercier, PhD
Interim Director-Office of Technology Management
Washington University in St. Louis
Nichole is responsible for all office operations and strategy, including licensing and business development, finance, and administrative operations. In addition, she directs and plans the university’s Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship program and serves on the AUTM Women Inventor Committee.