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Technology Transfer Tactics, October 2022


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

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 16, No. 10, October 2022

Special bonus: Study on resource allocation in TTOs

A Preliminary Study of the Impact of Resource Allocation on Licensing Outcomes of Academic Institutions in the United States, contributed by tech transfer veteran Arundeep Pradhan and co-authors from his consulting firm Apio Innovation Transfer as well as Portland State University, offers fascinating insights and data on a range of resource allocation issues, particularly staffing and legal expense, and their correlation to licensing activity.

The study offers a useful look at how allocation of staff and budget dollars may affect the results of your licensing efforts, and provides some unique data points to consider and compare to your own office. We hope you benefit from this “extra” from Technology Transfer Tactics and Apio. 

  • Avoid information silos to lessen the pain of TTO staff turnover. Staff turnover in a tech transfer program can create cascading problems that reach far beyond the immediate lack of talent when it involves employees who are managing active files, pursuing licensees, working with companies, and helping researchers move their inventions toward commercialization.
  • Navigating the IP trail when a faculty member leaves. While universities might want to keep their best researchers forever, it’s a fact of life for TTOs that inventors often leave for greener pastures.
  • USF’s online portal eases disclosures, aids transparency, and provides marketing boost. A new online licensing portal just introduced by the TTO at the University of South Florida has been welcomed by faculty, as it enhances the efficiency of the disclosure process and also offers them real-time updates on the status of their inventions. “The feedback so far is that faculty really like it,” says Michele Tyrpak, JD, USF’s director of technology engagement and commercialization.
  • NCATS breaks the mold: Case studies of unique technology transfer mechanisms. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a unique biomedical institution that is both a granting institution administered by our extramural program and a research enterprise fueled by our Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation (DPI). Very few institutions have both the funding to accomplish health initiatives through grants and contracts, as well as the internal scientific expertise to conduct original research themselves.
  • TTO uses targeted webinars to educate faculty innovators. Although no one would argue that the world is a better place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a few unexpected positives, particularly in new ways of communicating necessitated by lack of in-person meetings. In many cases these changes, implemented out of necessity, have been adopted into regular practice even as the world has veered back toward normalcy. The University of Kentucky (UK) Office of Technology Commercialization’s (OTC) continuation of an educational outreach program they started when they were unable to hold in-person learning opportunities for their faculty is a perfect case in point.

Posted October 14th, 2022