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Technology Transfer Tactics, March 2023

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

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 17, No. 3, March 2023

  • Lack of focus on scaling up may limit the long-term success of university-launched ventures. Scaling up is sometimes the forgotten stepchild when it comes to university start-up efforts, yet the scale-up phase is often the most important in terms of long-term success and impact: creating jobs, building revenue, and driving economic growth. Some TTOs have realized that getting a start-up formed is not enough, and that a focused effort on scale-up can greatly increase the odds of long-term success.
  • Post I-Corps accelerator idea floated to bring more focus to scaling up. A new idea for start-up acceleration has been proposed that would expand the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, extending support for start-ups to bolster their move past the early stages and into the scale-up phase.
  • Heard in the Halls: AUTM 2023. The AUTM annual meeting in Austin was back in full force and then some, two years removed from the COVID-cancelled 2021 date. Those in attendance seemed to relish the return of handshakes and hugs, while standing room only sessions and a lively exhibit hall heralded a return to normalcy. Also in good supply was a sense of optimism and excitement in the wake of CARES Act funding and its underlying recognition of tech transfer’s key role in spawning innovations that provide the raw material for U.S. global competitiveness.
  • Guest Commentary: Is My Licensee in Compliance? Tips to Keep Them on Track. University TTOs spend significant time and money negotiating the terms of their license agreement, but what happens once the ink is dry and it’s business as usual? Is anyone checking to ensure compliance with the meticulously negotiated contract?
  • Narrowing the gender gap and nailing down the numbers at MUSC. Recent U.S. data show that there are only 13 females for every 87 male patent holders, women comprised fewer than one-third of NIH grantees, and women-founded business receive a meager 3% to 8% of venture capital funding.
  • 100% IP ownership option part of WPI’s ‘embrace’ of student start-ups. Student entrepreneurs at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts are presented with a unique option: If they wish, those whose inventions do not involve faculty co-inventors can claim 100% ownership even if they have benefitted significantly from access to WPI labs and other resources.

Posted March 15th, 2023