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Technology Transfer Tactics, January 2023

The following is a list of the articles that appear in the January 2023 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 17, No. 1, January 2023

  • Term sheet template for life science deals aims to reduce bickering and hasten license negotiations. A term sheet template for life science licensing deals developed by a group of prominent university tech transfer programs, venture capital firms, and attorneys could help eliminate much of the haggling over routine issues and establish a baseline of what is typical or most commonly found in license agreements.
  • AUTM EDI toolkit suggests de-identification for grants, disclosures, job applicants. It’s common knowledge at this point that women and minority populations are vastly under-represented when it comes to the STEM professions, inventive activity, and even in tech transfer itself. There’s plenty of data to show that these groups participate in tech fields and are included in patents at far lower rates than their relative numbers. THe AUTM EDI toolkit hopes to help change that.
  • Hopkins TTO encourages fast fails with “5 Vs” system of tech assessment. You’re driving a van full of your colleagues down the highway and take what you think is the right exit. But soon, your passengers provide feedback that the landscape is all wrong. You’ve made an error and taken a wrong turn. Do you continue down that road or turn back to find the right exit? Of course, you turn back as quickly as possible. A quick U-turn is an example of a “fast fail.”
  • Lassonde for Life taps into alumni for entrepreneurial energy. Having one of the top student entrepreneurship programs in the country is a great accomplishment. All too often, however, when the students graduate, the university is no longer a resource for them, and all that entrepreneurial energy dissipates. But what if you could harness entrepreneurial talent and energy and meter it out as needed over the coming decades?
  • New start-up support organizations focus efforts on STEM-related fields. Technology commercialization already is a major focus at both the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Harvard University. Yet, in recent months, these institutions announced new commercialization initiatives focused on STEM areas that will operate separate from existing TTOs.

Posted January 13th, 2023