University-Industry Engagement Week

Intel details first tranche of $100M funding pledge for Ohio colleges


By David Schwartz
Published: September 13th, 2022

Intel had put some meat on the bones of its $100M pledge to build out a semiconductor-focused research ecosystem in Ohio and beyond, announcing $17.7 million over the next three years to fund eight projects with more than 80 Ohio colleges and universities developing semiconductor education and workforce programs. continue reading »

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Ushering in a New Age of Corporate Research Engagement: Best Practices for Universities


By David Schwartz
Published: September 13th, 2022

In our current environment, it is more important than ever to look at the research relationships with our corporate partners as “marriages” rather than “dates” by being value-additive partners to their business models. This requires a change to the approach taken by many university corporate engagement offices. Rather than focusing on in-person networking events, innovation showcases, and campus tours, universities must embrace new approaches to reassure partners, tap into alumni networks, and set the stage for pre-negotiating IP terms.

We teamed up with Asa D. Brown, Esq. of the Washington State University Innovation & Research Engagement Office, to produce this distance learning program that will teach you new tactics for expanded, more responsive, and more strategic engagement. You’ll also get details of programs that engage research partners in spin-out companies and prepare graduate students to work with industry, along with proven strategies to leverage social media and existing networks to build corporate champions through technical alumni.

Ushering in a New Age of Corporate Research Engagement: Best Practices for Universities is delivered immediately upon order in both on-demand video and transcript, along with the original Powerpoint slides. For complete details and to order, click here.

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U Delaware lands $8M in federal funding for biopharma manufacturing center, workforce training


By David Schwartz
Published: September 13th, 2022

The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), a public-private partnership headquartered at the University of Delaware’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus, has been awarded $8 million by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Health and Human Services to continue to build out UD’s biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovations and promote workforce training. continue reading »

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Northeastern to build quantum lab as Massachusetts invests in research facilities and workforce training


By David Schwartz
Published: September 13th, 2022

Massachusetts is building a foundation for a quantum technology economy, with the latest initiative in the form of a $3.5 million grant from Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development to help Northeastern University establish the Experiential Quantum Advancement Laboratories (EQUAL) at its Innovation Campus in Burlington. continue reading »

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25 case studies featured in “Strategic University-Industry Partnerships and Holistic Corporate Engagement”


By David Schwartz
Published: September 13th, 2022

Strategic University-Industry Partnerships and Holistic Corporate Engagement is a 98-page resource that’s chock-full of proven success strategies for using a holistic approach to expand your valuable industry relationships.

It features 25+ case studies on how to structure, manage, and grow your collaborations beyond one-off deals and embrace a vision — and a set of best practices — for expanding partnerships to touch every area of the university, from research and talent development to philanthropy and corporate training.

Strategic University-Industry Partnerships and Holistic Corporate Engagement is available now in digital format for immediate delivery, and a print version is also available.

Click here for complete details, including a complete table of contents.

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NYU Stern gifted $20M by alum to establish Institute for Global Real Estate Finance


By David Schwartz
Published: September 13th, 2022

New York University Stern School of Business has been gifted $20 million by alumnus and Stern Executive Board member Charles C.Y. Chen to establish a real estate finance institute at the school. Named in honor of his father, the Chao-Hon Chen Institute for Global Real Estate Finance will enable the global expansion of Stern’s leadership position in research, immersive learning, and industry engagement in the fields of real estate and the built environment. continue reading »

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Join UIDP’s free webinar Innovation in the Bioeconomy: Ecosystems and Society — Key learnings and research recommendations from the NSF-funded UIDP workshop


By David Schwartz
Published: September 13th, 2022

Developing a successful bioeconomy ecosystem requires an understanding of social, behavioral, and economic implications, translational opportunities and challenges, diverse workforce development paths, and consideration of local-regional aspects.

This NSF-funded UIDP workshop was convened to better understand the pathways for successful and sustainable bioeconomy ecosystems and explored the implications of these factors on innovation, entrepreneurship, and bioeconomy growth. This webinar, schedule for Tuesday, September 20th from 11:00 a.m. to noon ET, will present the findings of the two-day workshop developed by a diverse group of more than 100 scientists and researchers representing academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Key findings to be explored include:  

  • The definition of bioeconomy should be broad to give opportunities to different regions and ecosystems to pursue more narrow objectives within the broader definition and develop appropriate measures for the bioeconomy ecosystem.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion should be a priority and embedded in bioeconomy ecosystem development in all aspects, including entry points and workforce development.
  • Societal, behavioral, and economic sciences should be integrated into bioeconomy development early in the process to maximize its impact and avoid unintended consequences. Human-centered design should be embedded in this development.

The webinar is free but registration is required. Register here.

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U Waterloo plans internal diversity strategy to foster more inclusive partnering


By David Schwartz
Published: September 6th, 2022

A detailed article on the University of Waterloo’s efforts to address diversity and inclusion within its own industry-sponsored research and commercialization offices appears in the August  issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor. For subscription information, click here.

University corporate engagement offices have increasingly been seen partnering with industry in programs to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace, but it’s much rarer to learn of a research/commercialization office seeking to do the same for its own internal stakeholders.

Yet that’s exactly what the University of Waterloo’s Office of Research has done, contracting with equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) consulting firm Canadian Equality Consulting (CEC) to develop an EDI-focused strategy for the university’s commercialization of research and industry-sponsored contract research areas. The project will focus on researchers (faculty, graduate students, postdocs and research associates) who identify as a member of equity-deserving groups.

“Specifically,” says the university statement announcing the project, “the engagement aims to identify and address barriers and challenges faced by women, people beyond the gender binary, 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous Peoples, people from racialized communities, and persons with disabilities interested in participating in industry-supported contract research and commercialization activities.”

“We’ve taken on this initiative to try to understand our landscape here in Canada in terms of a more inclusive environment for our faculty members and graduate students,” explains Scott Inwood, director of commercialization. “It’s a fact-finding exercise to understand if there are barriers in commercial engagement — contract or post-research — and if there are opportunities to be more communicative and engaging more for business.” According to the university, this “information gathering” will then lead to an EDI strategy.

“We have a fairly high degree of contract research with the private sector, and generally have been very proactive in trying to embrace a more business-friendly environment here on campus,” Inwood continues. “We have a $245 million research budget, which is probably mid-sized in the Canadian context, and we have a high percentage of business/industry sponsored research, in addition to a high degree of commercialization activity — in Canadian and global activities. We’re constantly looking for ways to make our environment more inclusive for other people who might want to engage in this activity. They may be in situations where there are some systematic barriers or lack of opportunities being customized to their situations.”

How unique is this approach by offices like his? “I’m not aware of any other Canadian institution looking specifically at the industry-sponsored area of research and commercialization,” says Inwood. “Others may look at EDI across their campuses, but we’re looking at this strictly from the perspective of internal opportunities and best practices for our community, not necessarily what others do.”

Ivana Lochhead, lead strategist with CEC, concurs, noting that this is the first such assignment for her organization, a strategy consulting firm that works across the country with non-profits, academia, the private sector, and government. “I haven’t heard [of such offices] doing this directly, but that does not mean this work is not happening,” she adds. “A lot of institutions have their own in-house DEI experts who could be supporting them.”

Why does it make sense for a research office to address these issues directly? “It’s important that all university offices of research, and anyone who works with researchers within the institution, take on this type of assessment work,” says Lochhead. “We know for a fact that these equity-deserving groups face systemic barriers in the innovation, entrepreneurship, and patenting spaces. They include under-representation in STEM fields, feeling like the ‘only’ in the room, as well as issues of stereotype and biases. Countless studies have shown these barriers are in place. It’s very important now to utilize that information — what we know broadly — and start applying it internally, to tease apart what’s happening with their own researchers.”

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Harvard lands $30M deal with biotech start-up Resilience


By David Schwartz
Published: September 6th, 2022

Harvard University has signed a five-year, $30 million collaboration with fast-growing biotech startup Resilience focused on developing biologics, including vaccines, nucleic acids, and cell and gene therapies. continue reading »

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Lessons from Industry Tech Scouts: How Universities Can Meet Industry’s Needs while Fostering Long-Term Partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: September 6th, 2022

In a world where success in many corporations depends on their ability to produce technology innovations better and faster than their competitors, industry has become increasingly reliant on the technology expertise and associated IP found in university labs – and universities are competing hard to fill their pipelines. Technology Scouting is an essential component of this process – often, it’s the starting point for developing crucial corporate technology assets and patents, and universities who want to score partnerships and patent licensing deals must have a good grasp of this critical role within the businesses they work with. 

Technology scouts identify technologies and researchers of interest, evaluate their fit with the company’s strategic objectives, and build relationships and collaborations with universities to help fuel their innovation engines. The key question for universities is: How can you ensure your innovative technologies and scientists are within the sight lines of collaborative companies?

That’s why we are producing this insider’s look at tech scouting featuring two Brown University commercialization leaders along with Dow, Inc. technology scout Liz Dhulst and Robert Ashcraft, a 10-year veteran of the Open Innovation team for the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology.

When you attend Lessons from Industry Tech Scouts: How Universities Can Meet Industry’s Needs while Fostering Long-Term Partnerships, scheduled for September 29th, you’ll hear from both sides of the fence – what corporations are looking for in a partner, and how universities can position themselves to meet those needs. For complete program details and to register, click here.

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Three Indiana universities join forces with industry in NSF-supported quantum research center


By David Schwartz
Published: September 6th, 2022

Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers from Indiana University (both Bloomington and IUPUI campuses), Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame are will launch the Center for Quantum Technologies to develop industry- and government-relevant quantum technologies. Purdue will serve as the lead site. continue reading »

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ElevateBio partners with the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine


By David Schwartz
Published: September 6th, 2022

Cell and gene therapy developer ElevateBio is partnering with the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) as part of CIRM’s Industry Alliance Program. continue reading »

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