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Technology Transfer Tactics, June 2021

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

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 15, No. 6, June 2021

  • As pandemic eases its grip, TTOs take stock and look forward. The COVID-19 pandemic slowed the activity of some tech transfer programs and forced an unprecedented dependence on remote work, but others are saying the pandemic year has been a boon for their metrics.
  • TTOs assess potential as Berkeley breaks mold with NFT auction. The advent of blockchain technology has given rise to a whole new vocabulary: Cryptocurrency, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Dogecoin, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Coinbase and other new terms seemingly spring forth daily. And for technology transfer offices, a looming question is whether there’s something to it all that could benefit their operations.
  • Using stock options as a vehicle for hiring university start-up teams. As TTOs help move inventions from the laboratory to commercial viability, one obstacle that often stands in the way is funding – and the inability without it to build a start-up team. On that topic, Tony Stanco has the makings of an evangelist.
  • U of Arkansas creates new option agreement for ‘pre-incorporation’ teams. A new type of IP agreement has been introduced by Technology Ventures at the University of Arkansas with the defined goal of overcoming a clear barrier to potential start-ups: the inability to secure rights to their IP while still in the earliest stages of their growth.
  • Innosphere Ventures offers TTO partners a no-cost way to help more start-ups. For TTOs looking for an extra hand, Innosphere Ventures, a Colorado-based science and technology incubator, has a University Partner Program that may serve as a good model to study. It works directly with TTOs at leading research universities across a multi-state region to accelerate the success of university start-ups with an exclusive commercialization program, specialized office and laboratory facilities, and a seed stage venture capital fund.

Posted June 15th, 2021