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Technology Transfer Tactics, February 2023


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

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 17, No. 2, February 2023

  • Tech transfer programs move to flexible staffing strategies to meet new expectations. With tech transfer programs still getting back to some sense of normalcy after the pandemic, some are finding that the old ways of thinking about managing staff don’t hold up as well in the wake of years spent working remotely. Staff members have different expectations after seeing the benefits of working from home, and programs are having to adjust in order to recruit and retain valued employees.
  • Improved relations between TTOs, development offices bring benefits for both. Observers agree that alliances between TTOs and university development offices are sometimes uneasy at best — “silo-ism” at its worst, if you will. It appears, especially to some development offices, that they are both after a large slice of the same financial “pie,” making competition more logical than cooperation. And yet, say others, that does not have to be the case.
  • Happy anniversary! Tech Launch Arizona ‘projects and reflects’ with video series. To celebrate its 10th anniversary last year, Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) at the University of Arizona in Tucson employed a multi-pronged marketing approach that spotlighted its success, celebrated those who helped along the way, and provided a long-lasting boost to the program’s visibility and brand. The well-honed strategy may be worth studying as a means of marking milestones for your own TTO.
  • Weizmann Institute adds new unit to bring research forward prior to TTO involvement.The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research institutions with a long and successful history of technology transfer. But institute leaders there also saw a weak spot in their efforts — a need for more focus on nurturing early research that might have potential applications but is not yet on the TTO’s radar.
  • Student-led VCs create additional funding source for university start-ups. They may have chosen two distinctly different paths for raising their initial capital, but student-led venture funds at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Nebraska have much in common — including the creation of financing opportunities for early-stage start-ups and avenues through which student participants gain real-world experience in how VCs operate — and what they need to succeed. At the same time, of course, they help expand university activity in the support of start-ups.

Posted February 14th, 2023