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Technology Transfer Tactics, November 2021


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

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 15, No. 11, November 2021

  • Start-up board positions must be filled carefully and used appropriately. University leaders have long debated whether it is a good idea to have representation on the board of faculty start-up companies, but for those that favor taking a seat, there are still questions about how to structure that position. Some may want the board seat to be a full voting member, while others may go with an observer seat in which the person does not actively participate.
  • Fred Hutch used this roadmap to dramatically improve its tech transfer results. When Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center spun off Juno Therapeutics, which has become a big player in cell therapy and diagnostics after its acquisition by Celgene and later by Bristol Myers Squibb, they might have assumed that success would lead to a surge of interest among VCs and other partners looking for more innovations.
  • Purdue’s link to Boomerang Ventures illustrates value of third-party help for TTOs. There has been a trend developing recently wherein university TTOs — even large ones — work with outside parties to realize commercialization goals by adding expertise or resources they may not have in-house. A case in point: The newly announced partnership between the Purdue Research Foundation’s (PRF) Purdue Foundry and its Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) and Boomerang Ventures.
  • A fresh take on summer school boosts SUNY’s commercialization pipeline. In popular culture, summer school remains stereotyped as a place for playing catch-up. However, the Albany, NY-based SUNY Research Foundation, which serves The State University of New York and its 64-campus system, is turning that stereotype on its head — even amid a pandemic — via the SUNY Startup Summer School (S4).
  • VCU’s new TTO newsletter sets a high standard in marketing innovations. Virginia Commonwealth University tech transfer office’s new publication, Launchpad, is a textbook example of a TTO creating a high-quality vehicle to publicize the university’s tech talent and commercialization prowess.
  • AUTM, universities support U Michigan in IP assignment dispute. AUTM and a group of prominent universities have filed an amici curiae brief in the case of Omni MedSci, Inc. v. Apple Inc., which addresses how tech transfer programs use general statements in their bylaws and contracts about the assignment of intellectual property rights, and how that relates to specific assignments made for individual inventions.

Posted November 16th, 2021