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Technology Transfer Tactics, June 2019 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, June 2019 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the June 2019 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue. Not a subscriber already? Subscribe now and get access to this issue as well as access to our online archive of back issues, industry research reports, sample MTAs, legal opinions, sample forms and contracts, government documents and more!

Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 13, No. 6, June 2019

  • Despite the financial risks, new drug discovery vehicles proliferate on campus. There is nothing like a big hit in the pharmaceutical space to put a university’s long-range plans for new research and infrastructure on a solid footing. In fact, large pharmaceutical companies are increasingly leaving the early-stages of drug development to universities and other research institutions. However, while opportunities in the drug discovery space abound, there is no denying the long, difficult road involved with bringing a new therapeutic to market.
  • Many models can work for EIRs, but successful programs share common threads. Entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIRs) can bring a level of insight and professional experience to university start-ups that might otherwise be difficult to obtain, so they are becoming increasingly common at tech transfer programs. As more schools adopt them, however, it is becoming clear that there is no one correct model for setting up an EIR program.
  • Case Western makes bold move with start-up IPO. A company founded to develop regenerative-medicine technology licensed from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, is making a bold play for capital with an initial public offering (IPO) on a Canadian exchange. The initial effort is showing success, but the CEO and tech transfer director caution that the approach may not be right for many start-ups.
  • Student ‘Co.Create’ ambassadors support start-ups at U Kentucky. A group of three undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky have been hired as “Co.Create Ambassadors” — newly created paid internships designed to support the university’s New Ventures team.
  • Program looks to boost grant funding for university start-ups in flyover states. When it comes to SBIR and STTR grants, most of the awards go to universities located in urban areas, shortchanging those in more rural areas. There are many reasons for this discrepancy. Universities in more rural areas may not have a proactive Office of Technology and Commercialization, or there may not be a medical school on campus. Or, there may be confusion about eligibility and procedures for obtaining these grants.
  • New UT Dallas partnerships promise to pave more pathways to marketplace. Entrepreneurship leaders at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) have been busy working on creating internal spaces and external partnerships that are opening up new avenues for student and faculty entrepreneurs.

Posted June 17th, 2019