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Technology Transfer Tactics, May 2021

Technology Transfer Tactics, May 2021The following is a list of the articles that appear in the May 2021 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 15, No. 5, May 2021

  • MIT experts propose a roadmap for easier passage across the Valley of Death. The typical life cycle of a cancer drug from the laboratory to the clinic and, finally, to patients is long and fraught with obstacles. There is a significant bottleneck — known as the Valley of Death — when lack of funding prevents ideas from moving from the university into the market.
  • As university start-ups look to go public, consider license renegotiation and SPACs. Two big university start-up exits are getting attention for the way they launched, one with an IPO and one using an innovative maneuver more often seen among Wall Street mavens than universities. Both might become more popular in the near future.
  • Refresh your technology listings regularly to maintain industry attention. You may get only one chance to make a first impression, but when it comes to technology listings, updating them with new relevant information can sometimes create the opportunity for a “second” first impression.
  • TTU’s ‘Commercialization Roadmap’ educates faculty and brings efficiency to TTO. Faculty and student innovators at Texas Tech University who have been tasked with navigating the path to commercialization recently got a big boost of support in the form of “The Commercialization Roadmap,” a comprehensive document created by the TTO as a step-by-step guide for bringing technologies to market. It helps the nascent innovator/entrepreneur to find resources available over a sprawling university system and provides a self-directed assessment to learn how to pilot a complex and growing ecosystem.
  • Yale’s amplifyHERscience program focuses on gender equity in commercialization. It took less than six months to pull together a new initiative at Yale University – called amplifyHERscience – created to encourage and support women faculty to extend the impact of their research beyond academia. It was during a “Shark Tank”-like event towards the end of 2019 that Morag Grassie, PhD, senior associate director of the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale, and Michelle McQueen, a communications officer for Yale’s Office of Cooperative Research (OCR), first noticed an alarming lack of women presenters.

Posted May 13th, 2021