University-Industry Engagement Week

International Survey of Research University Leadership: View of Technology Transfer and Sponsored Research Offices


By David Schwartz
Published: June 14th, 2022

The benchmark report International Survey of Research University Leadership: View of Technology Transfer and Sponsored Research Offices includes comprehensive data compiled from leaders of 53 offices of sponsored research and technology transfer.

This one-of-a-kind resource provides a rich set of data to compare against your own university’s technology transfer and sponsored research efforts. You’ll find detailed data on promoting technologies, staffing, budgets, managing patents, obtaining research grants, promoting technologies, incentivizing staff for IP creation, and publicizing research achievements, along with invaluable peer advice.

The report is jam-packed with dozens of easy to scan charts and figures displaying critical data you can’t find in any other publication, along with in-depth commentary and analysis based on extensive surveying of 53 colleges and universities. For complete details or to order, click here.

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Kyoto U signs sponsored research deal with Altos Labs to advance cellular rejuvenation programming research


By David Schwartz
Published: June 14th, 2022

San Francisco-based Altos Labs has signed a sponsored research agreement with the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) at Japan’s Kyoto University, committing to fund four research projects over five years to investigate aspects of cellular rejuvenation programming. continue reading »

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AT&T and Ole Miss partnership focuses on digital literacy among underserved high schoolers


By David Schwartz
Published: June 14th, 2022

AT&T and the University of Mississippi are partnering to increase digital literacy among underserved African American high school students across Mississippi by helping them prepare for college and careers. continue reading »

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U Melbourne works with industry partner to offer new blockchain and cryptocurrency curriculum


By David Schwartz
Published: June 14th, 2022

The University of Melbourne School of Computing and Information Systems (CIS) has partnered with blockchain company the Algorand Foundation to develop a first-of-its-kind subject in blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies for the school’s Masters’ students. continue reading »

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UIDP Austin: Register by June 15 for the lowest rate | Sept. 12-15, 2022


By David Schwartz
Published: June 14th, 2022

As a rapidly developing core for innovation and technology, Austin is a great location for UIDP’s fall conference, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, one of the world’s leading universities, recognized for diverse contributions to research, higher education, business, the arts, and more.

Over three days, you’ll explore questions, strategies, opportunities, and success stories to inform future partnership journeys. Network with peers, colleagues, and changemakers. Build new connections and inspire your next partnership.

Register today: Early registration rates end June 15

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K-State boosts talent pipeline as students mine data for partners


By David Schwartz
Published: May 31st, 2022

A detailed article on Kansas State’s student data mining projects with industry partners appears in the May issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor. For subscription information, click here.

Kansas State University’s talent pipeline has benefitted significantly through the development of a “ready to contribute workforce” of students at all levels who are available for data mining projects for industry partners. It’s a strategy that other universities might consider as a way to not only develop industry-needed skills, but also bring new partners in the door.

“These projects really help prepare our talent,” says Paul R. Lowe, CRA, associate vice president for research and director of K-State’s Office of Pre-Award Services. “It’s a chance to work on real industry problems.”

The champion of the program has been Ignacio Ciampitti, PhD, professor of farming systems in the Department of Agronomy, who’s been the driving force behind these projects for about eight years. “He’s all about data,” notes Lowe.

“What I see is industry focusing specifically on knowledge, and the transformation of that knowledge into products — commercializing,” Ciampitti explains. “From our side, where the relationship meets with industry is on science. In many situations where we talk with industry, they do not have the resources, or time, to spend one month, two months, or three months analyzing data. They can rely on the university mainly because [the students] have been trained on how to do this type of analysis — getting the data, processing the data, and providing an interpretation of potential action items.” Industry “enjoys interacting with us,” he adds.

Along with the value and satisfaction these projects provide, notes Lowe, they can also serve to strengthen partnerships. “Maybe you have a relationship with this company, but it was more a transactional one,” he shares. “These projects establish trust.”

Ciampitti agrees. “Each project is a way to prove yourself,” he explains. “If you’re going to work [on these projects] with industry, you need to realize you have to have meetings. With John Deere (a major partner in the data projects) we sometimes meet every two weeks; that does not happen if you have a grant — sometimes you meet one, two, or three years up the road. Companies that are more outcome-driven make sure they’re involved in the process — and we want to make sure they are, too.”

There are about 10 students and five postdocs available to team up for the projects, as well as several interns, says Ciampitti, who notes that other individuals “who can be trained quickly” might also be added. The students are paid by the industry partner, with the amount depending on how much time they are expected to work on the project. “In one example, we have a three-year project that requires a full-time PhD,” he shares. “The company is paying for that, and the PhD can only work on that project.”

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Webinar this Thursday: Case Study of the Ohio State University TCO’s Risk Analysis Tool


By David Schwartz
Published: May 31st, 2022

Risk is something tech transfer professionals live with every day – compliance risk, COI risk, legal risk, underfunding and understaffing risks, infringement risk, start-up failure risk, licensee noncompliance risk, and many others – some easily defined and others that might not be obvious but can still have a negative impact on your TTO’s performance and results.

The key to managing and mitigating these risks is to identify, track, and measure progress toward resolving them while ensuring they are communicated transparently to both staff and administration, making the entire team accountable in an open, non-threatening, and systematic way. That’s exactly what The Ohio State University TCO has done, creating a risk analysis tool that has proved itself to be a critical aid in the office’s operation and management. Now OSU leadership is ready to share the risk tracking and mitigation system in this detailed webinar: Case Study of the Ohio State University’s Technology Commercialization Office’s Risk Analysis Tool, scheduled for this Thursday June 2, 2022. 

Attendees will learn the details of the tool’s scoring and risk prioritization system, how risks are identified, categorized, and tracked, how mitigation efforts can impact risk scores, and how the risk analysis — and its communication throughout the TTO and beyond — brings a community effort to bear on critical problems and solutions. For full program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Purdue inks 10-year, $75M strategic partnership with Rolls-Royce


By David Schwartz
Published: May 31st, 2022

In the largest industry partnership in its history, Purdue University signed a research and testing agreement with Rolls-Royce that will bring in $75 million over 10 years to the West Lafayette campus. continue reading »

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FSU researchers work with industry partner to develop next-gen superconducting cables


By David Schwartz
Published: May 31st, 2022

Researchers at Florida State University’s Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), working in partnership with Colorado-based Advanced Conductor Technologies, have developed a new superconducting cable system that improves on existing technology and could help drive advances in technologies such as all-electric ships or airplanes. continue reading »

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Drafting and Negotiating Industry-Sponsored Research Agreements


By David Schwartz
Published: May 31st, 2022

Landing an industry research partnership is no easy task and can take years to complete, but in many cases the “last mile” — when contracts are negotiated and drafted — is the toughest. It’s also the point at which the long-term value you hope to create with your corporate partner can either be cemented or put in jeopardy. The terms you agree on can set the stage for an incredibly productive and long-lasting relationship, but without proper alignment and careful drafting they can also set the deal up for confusion, conflict and failure.

That’s why we’ve created Drafting and Negotiating Industry-Sponsored Research Agreements, a four-program distance learning collection that’s filled with best practices, expert guidance, and key strategies that will ensure your industry partnership agreements are built to last.

These programs cover some of the most critical and trickiest issues you’ll face, including master research agreements, IP rights, preferential rights, and conflicts of interest – four outstanding sessions that you can share with staff and keep for future education and training. Here’s what’s included:

For complete details on the collection, click here.

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Full Sail U partners with start-up on high-tech fitness lab


By David Schwartz
Published: May 31st, 2022

Central Florida’s Full Sail University partnered with start-up Echelon Fitness Multimedia LLC to open an on-campus lab where students will participate in research on Echelon’s high-tech, connected fitness machines. continue reading »

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Milan Polytechnic signs research deal with Ikonisys for cell identification through deep learning tech


By David Schwartz
Published: May 31st, 2022

Milan Polytechnic’s Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering (DEIB) has signed a research contract with Ikonisys SA, a French company focused on automated early detection of cancer, to address the challenge of identifying specific cells in complex tissues using deep learning systems.

The Milan institute, a world leader in computer science and bioengineering, has tapped Professor Giacomo Boracchi of the DEIB to lead the research, bringing his expertise in image processing and machine learning. The research will apply deep learning to recognize clinically relevant cells of specific types in darkfield images of lung tissue acquired from the company’s existing product, the Ikoniscope20.

The collaboration will allow Ikonisys to further enhance its advanced image analysis capabilities and to accelerate the development of a Ikoniscope AI project. Researchers plan to integrate deep learning models and novel state-of-art techniques into the instrument’s workflow, leading to both new applications and enhancement of the existing ones, especially in highly challenging fields such as identification of Circulating Tumor Cells.

“We’re thrilled by the opportunity of working with Ikonisys on a challenging subject like the detection of nuclei in tissue specimens, which is well suited for our expertise in image processing and machine learning,”: Boracchi said. “Systematic collaborations with the industrial sector are of strategic importance for the DEIB and, as demonstrated in several past projects, they often lead to impactful industrial outcomes.”

Dr. Michael Kilpatrick, Ikonisys’ Chief Scientific Officer, heralded the research deal as an important step in the company’s development. “The ability to utilize [Milan Polytechnic’s] cutting-edge expertise in AI and machine learning to develop new methods for the identification and analysis of clinically relevant cells offers an opportunity for Ikonisys to continue to improve our image analysis proficiency. This will both enhance the capabilities of the Ikoniscope20 for fully-automated diagnostic analysis and expand the product portfolio of the company by increasing the number and detail of the tissues for which applications can be developed.”

Source: Business Wire

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