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Technology Transfer Tactics, April 2022

The following is a list of the articles that appear in the April 2022 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 16, No. 4, April 2022

  • Ohio State’s scoring system guides TTO in identifying and mitigating risk. A detailed risk management tracking and scoring system, like the one implemented at The Ohio State University two years ago, “is an essential activity for any TTO,” asserts Kevin Taylor, associate vice president for technology commercialization there. The OSU system, used not only to measure risk but also to show the path towards mitigation of those risks, “has been invaluable,” he says. “It has empowered us, empowered the institution, and built confidence in our ability to manage risk.”
  • Two new university venture funds look to change the start-up landscape. The University of Washington, a public, PAC-12 research ‘powerhouse,’ has about 60,000 total students with campuses in Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma. Concordia University is a faith-based school owned by the Lutheran Church located in Mequon, WI, with about 5,000 enrolled students. And yet these schools, so totally unalike, have both started venture funds within the past year to help start-ups cross the legendary “Valley of Death” that claims so many of them before they get a chance to grow.
  • How U Missouri’s TTO focuses on improvement. When Lisa Lorenzen moved to the University of Missouri nearly three years ago from a similar job at Iowa State University, she brought a wealth of experience that she was determined to put to good use.
  • UMSL’s DEI accelerator is ‘beacon of hope’ for under-represented founders. TTOs have become heavily focused on incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles into their organizations, looking to move the needle on inventorship and entrepreneurship among under-represented populations. But how the talk about DEI gets translated into practice is still a work in progress for many universities.
  • CU Boulder winds up hyper-accelerator program, shares lessons learned. Earlier this year, officials at the University of Colorado Boulder announced seven teams that completed its Pandemic Hyper-Accelerator for Science and Technology (PHAST) program, which was designed to leverage state and federal funding made available to identify and fund start-ups that address the economic, health, and safety risks caused by the pandemic.

Posted April 15th, 2022