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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, November 2021

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, November 2021The following is a list of the articles that appear in the November 2021 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 3, No. 11, November 2021

  • Reorganizations are giving TTOs a much bigger role in industry engagement. In a number of recent reorganizations, universities have combined a traditional tech transfer office with corporate engagement, and in many cases the TTOs are taking a much larger role than before. This is the result of a combination of trends; an expanded understanding of what a TTO is, and data showing a broader contribution to overall engagement than perhaps was previously recognized.
  • Corporate Affiliates Program at Texas A&M speaks industry’s language. The Texas A&M AgriLife Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP), set to officially launch in 2022, is already actively soliciting industry partners for the initiative, which it anticipates will “foster and create relationships between Texas A&M AgriLife faculty and graduate students with our incredible industry peers,” says Patrick Stover, PhD, Vice Chancellor of Texas A&M AgriLife, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. 
  • VA Tech pushes to take its industry engagement efforts international. This year’s sessions of the Virginia Tech Office of Research and Innovation’s “Research Development Series,” aimed at helping faculty to “increase the scope and impact of their research, creativity, and innovation portfolio,” will include a session to help researchers identify international research partners. But the event does not represent the launch of an initiative to generate a greater number of such partners; rather, it is the latest step in a concerted effort by the university to take its corporate engagement efforts international.
  • MagCorp creates “Shared IP Model” to help simplify partnership structure. Magnetics Corporation (MagCorp), a new company co-founded by alumni of Florida State University, has established what it asserts is a unique model for university-industry partnership, highlighted by a “Shared IP Model” that pre-designates the division of IP rights.
  • Princeton catalyzes industry engagement with cross-discipline faculty. David MacMillan, FRS, FRSE, the Princeton University professor who in October was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry, likes to describe The Princeton Catalysis Initiative (PCI) Symposium as “speed-dating for scientists,” bringing together, as it does, more than 200 faculty from diverse fields, corporate leaders, and students to hear eight-minute flash talks about their leading edge research. These events — this year’s was the fourth of the series — serve as the cornerstone of The Princeton Catalysis Initiative (PCI), founded in 2017 by a group of faculty members from the Department of Chemistry (including MacMillan) who wanted to “catalyze” new research by introducing campus researchers to cross-disciplinary collaboration options.

Posted November 10th, 2021