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What TTOs can do to move toward gender parity in commercialization

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 20th, 2018

If an internal audit found that, through some technical glitch or twist of fate, your TTO was ignoring a significant percentage of researchers and, as a result, was missing out on scores of potential inventions, patents, licenses, and start-ups, chances are you’d rush headlong into corrective action. But as this month’s issue of Technology Transfer Tactics points out, that’s exactly what’s happening at most universities, not due to a technical glitch — but rather an intrinsic, perhaps unconscious set of biases and barriers against women in research commercialization.

It’s a huge issue for TTOs, and correcting it holds the possibility of unleashing a huge stockpile of latent inventiveness among faculty of the so-called “weaker” sex (yes, even our language and idioms contribute to these barriers).

We’ve devoted the entire June issue to exploring this problem, offering guidance from many of the leading voices tackling gender equity in tech transfer. You’ll find data, resources, examples of approaches and programs, and plenty of advice.

To subscribe and access this special issue, along with more than 11 years of best practices and success strategies for TTO in the publication’s subscriber-only archive, CLICK HERE

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