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Webinar this Thursday: Cultivate Winning University-Industry Relationships through Corporate Affiliate Programs


By David Schwartz
Published: May 14th, 2019

Corporate affiliate programs are designed to provide members an exclusive view into the research and activities of specific departments or programs within a university and foster dynamic collaborations between the university and the affiliate program members. They also allow university researchers to better understand, appreciate and meet the needs of industry. The benefits to each party can be profound, from new revenue, new partnerships, and licensing opportunities for the university to talent acquisition, a ready source of valuable innovations, and a competitive advantage for corporate affiliates. In short, these programs have proven to be an outstanding funnel for long-term value and growth in industry engagement.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division is teaming up with Todd Cleland, PhD, Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the University of Washington, to discuss how to structure, manage and grow various types of corporate affiliate programs. Please join us this Thursday, May 16, 2019 for this business-building webinar: Cultivate Winning University-Industry Relationships Through Corporate Affiliate Programs. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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MassBio’s Project Onramp places 50 low-income students in biotech internships


By David Schwartz
Published: May 14th, 2019

A program designed to introduce low-income students to the biotechnology industry is having a big impact on the lives of more than 50 students. continue reading »

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Ohio State partners with Honda on seed funding to spur transportation innovations


By David Schwartz
Published: May 14th, 2019

A new program in the partnership between The Ohio State University and Honda R&D Americas is working to nurture the kinds of innovative ideas that will make fast-evolving modes of transportation easier, safer and more environmentally friendly in the future. continue reading »

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Best Practices for Bolstering Economic Development and Building Your University’s Innovation Ecosystem


By David Schwartz
Published: May 14th, 2019

Universities worldwide are being called upon like never before to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and the commercialization of research — and to demonstrate the results of their efforts in terms of economic impact. Jobs and regional economic growth have become some of the new metrics for tech transfer and industry engagement offices.

But large scale economic development initiatives come with equally large challenges, and that’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has compiled best practice advice from six top university-driven economic development efforts in the practical collection Best Practices for Bolstering Economic Development and Building Your University’s Innovation Ecosystem. In this outstanding distance learning resource, you get these four programs plus more than 50 pages of program materials:

  • SESSION 1: Creating An Accelerator Furnace for University Technology: Arizona State’s Success Story
  • SESSION 2: How To Build and Nurture an Innovation District
  • SESSION 3: Start-Up Accelerator Best Practices: Speed the Launch of Sustainable Businesses
  • SESSION 4: Transform Your TTO Into an Economic Development Engine

Learn how leading universities have made big strides in boosting their regional economies, building out their innovation ecosystems, and getting more research out of the lab and into the marketplace. You get all three convenient formats — DVD, On-Demand Video, and PDF Transcript — and receive unlimited access for you, your staff and faculty.

For complete program and faculty details and to order, CLICK HERE >>

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U Washington’s energy research and technology center to link scientists with industry


By David Schwartz
Published: May 14th, 2019

The University of Washington and its Clean Energy Institute took a step toward the coming launch of its Center for Advanced Materials and Clean Energy Technologies, or CAMCET, by naming Kevin Klustner as the inaugural executive director. When complete, CAMCET will be a 340,000-square-foot building that will bring together UW scientists and engineers with industry, civic and nonprofit partners to accelerate clean energy solutions. continue reading »

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Saab brings manufacturing operation to Indiana and links with Purdue for defense tech


By David Schwartz
Published: May 14th, 2019

You may know Saab for its cars, but the company is also a big player in defense and security, which will be the focus of its just-announced plan to locate a new U.S. manufacturing operation in Indiana. continue reading »

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Nuclear tech the focus of new collaborative research precinct in Sydney


By David Schwartz
Published: May 14th, 2019

A Sydney, Australia suburb will soon be home to a new “Innovation Precinct” that’s anchored by a nuclear science institute, promising to boost tech transfer, collaborative research, and industry engagement. continue reading »

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George Mason’s ‘GovCon’ center targets massive federal contracting market


By David Schwartz
Published: May 7th, 2019

The new Center for Government Contracting at the George Mason University School of Business has the goal of bringing together industry and government contracting in an academic setting to focus on research, education and training, and collaboration. Its prospects are significant, given the fact that the ‘GovCon’ industry generates an estimated half a trillion dollars a year, incorporating over a million and a half contracts annually, according to John Hillen, PhD, a founder of the GovCon Center and CEO of Everwatch, a defense and intelligence technical solutions company.

The center aims to tap into a rich area of industry activity that engagement professionals often overlook. “I had been in and out of govcon in the early 1980s,” Hillen recalls. “After the military, I came back to industry several times and the change was striking to me.” After he sold his last company, Hillen talked with “every single business school” in the area and asked if they had competency in this area. “Not a single one took the time to say we specialize in this huge local industry,” says Hillen. “That’s like Stanford saying they don’t know anything about Silicon Valley.”

But is it an industry? “There are about 170,000 registered federal contractors,” Hillen replies. “It represents 35% to 40% of the GDP in the area. It’s just a rich, diverse industry, not unlike auto manufacturing.”

And industry is certainly interested if you judge by the size of the center’s advisory board, which includes members from 50 companies. “I left government last summer,” says Jerry McGinn, PhD, executive director of the center. “When I was getting ready to leave, I looked at this opportunity, made a pitch to the Dean, and he hired me. The idea was you have a lot of university centers focused around foreign policy, defense, and health care, but no university center focused around the issue of the government contracting ecosystem. The timing was right.”

“My vision for the center within the School of Business is a nexus of government, industry, and academia to collaborate on issues facing this $500-billion industry,” says McGinn. “I want to do it through three lines of effort — research, education and training, and collaboration.”

A detailed article on the GMU GovCon center appears in the April issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor. For more information and subscription details, CLICK HERE.

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U Queensland to work with industry partner on transportation challenges


By David Schwartz
Published: May 7th, 2019

The University of Queensland and new industry partner Veitch Lister Consulting (VLC), a transportation analytics company, will work together to develop new solutions for managing traffic congestion and reducing emissions. continue reading »

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Cultivate Winning University-Industry Relationships through Corporate Affiliate Programs


By David Schwartz
Published: May 7th, 2019

Corporate affiliate programs are designed to provide members an exclusive view into the research and activities of specific departments or programs within a university and foster dynamic collaborations between the university and the affiliate program members. They also allow university researchers to better understand, appreciate and meet the needs of industry. The benefits to each party can be profound, from new revenue, new partnerships, and licensing opportunities for the university to talent acquisition, a ready source of valuable innovations, and a competitive advantage for corporate affiliates. In short, these programs have proven to be an outstanding funnel for long-term value and growth in industry engagement.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division is teaming up with Todd Cleland, PhD, Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the University of Washington, to discuss how to structure, manage and grow various types of corporate affiliate programs. Please join us on May 16, 2019 for this business-building webinar: Cultivate Winning University-Industry Relationships Through Corporate Affiliate Programs. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Northrop Grumman launches new research consortium for AI and machine learning


By David Schwartz
Published: May 7th, 2019

Northrop Grumman Corporation has launched a new research consortium with eight leading universities to advance machine learning and artificial intelligence innovations. The consortium is using a collaborative model that bring researchers together from different universities to address key technological challenges. continue reading »

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U of Sheffield opens four flagship research institutes to address global challenges


By David Schwartz
Published: May 7th, 2019

The University of Sheffield has launched four new multidisciplinary research flagships focusing on what it terms “the most urgent challenges facing humanity today.” continue reading »

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