University-Industry Engagement Week

Best Practices for Universities in Targeting High-Potential Partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: August 9th, 2022

Partnerships — whether they be for funding, business development, or sponsored research and other forms of corporate engagement — have become increasingly critical to universities and the partners they work with in delivering resources, spurring innovation, expanding student opportunities, leveraging expertise, and enhancing economic development efforts.

But building these relationships — particularly those with high impact and strategic value — requires time and patience, often accompanied by long lead times. Attracting the right partner, for the right project, at the right time takes a multi-faceted approach that is part marketing and communication, part science, and part data curation. Without each part, your efforts may fall short of expectations on both sides.

That’s why we’re producing a partnership-building webinar featuring two university leaders with unique approaches to finding and landing significant collaborations that are driving growth and creating new opportunities on both sides of the deal. When you attend Best Practices for Universities in Targeting High-Potential Partnerships, scheduled for August 30th,

you’ll hear from:

  • Scott Morley, MBA, Director of the Office of Industry & Economic Partnerships at the University of Pittsburgh. Scott is the architect behind a Salesforce-driven partnering platform — including a key Opportunity Report — that helps Pitt’s business development team match industry needs with research expertise and technologies available for licensing.
  • Tom Waters, Assistant Director of Startups & Business Development for the University of South Florida. Tom brings with him years of corporate engagement experience and will share USF’s novel approach to generating partnership buzz among VCs, start-ups, and corporations.

Join us for this practical webinar that will deliver real bottom-line benefits for your university’s partnering initiatives. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Data Licensing, Protection and Policy for Universities


By David Schwartz
Published: August 9th, 2022

When it comes to data and its monetization, things are different – and more complex – than with the intellectual property TTOs, research managers, and licensing professionals typically deal with. Laws and regulations relating to consent and privacy must be navigated, along with issues related to the rights of the licensee and how royalties are distributed. And while virtually all institutions have patent policies in place covering ownership and handling of patentable inventions, data policies are still very mixed and sometimes completely absent. As more and more institutions monetize their data, the importance of a well-considered institutional data policy has become critical.

That’s why we’ve produced the distance learning collection Data Licensing, Protection and Policy for Universities, featuring two outstanding programs that combined will give you a clear roadmap for how to nail down data policies, address the tricky issues related to privacy, effectively protect your data-driven innovations, and license your valuable data to third parties while steering clear of legal potholes.

The collection includes our digital package (on-demand video and transcript), along with all program materials prepared by our expert panelists. You can share it throughout your organization. For complete details, click here.

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Best Practices for Universities in Targeting High-Potential Partnerships


By David Schwartz
Published: August 2nd, 2022

Partnerships — whether they be for funding, business development, or sponsored research and other forms of corporate engagement — have become increasingly critical to universities and the partners they work with in delivering resources, spurring innovation, expanding student opportunities, leveraging expertise, and enhancing economic development efforts.

But building these relationships — particularly those with high impact and strategic value — requires time and patience, often accompanied by long lead times. Attracting the right partner, for the right project, at the right time takes a multi-faceted approach that is part marketing and communication, part science, and part data curation. Without each part, your efforts may fall short of expectations on both sides.

That’s why we’re producing a partnership-building webinar featuring two university leaders with unique approaches to finding and landing significant collaborations that are driving growth and creating new opportunities on both sides of the deal. When you attend Best Practices for Universities in Targeting High-Potential Partnerships, scheduled for August 30th,

you’ll hear from:

  • Scott Morley, MBA, Director of the Office of Industry & Economic Partnerships at the University of Pittsburgh. Scott is the architect behind a Salesforce-driven partnering platform that helps Pitt’s business development team match industry needs with research expertise and technologies available for licensing.
  • Tom Waters, Assistant Director of Startups & Business Development for the University of South Florida. Tom brings with him years of corporate engagement experience and will share USF’s novel approach to generating partnership buzz among VCs, start-ups, and corporations.

Join us for this practical webinar that will deliver real bottom-line benefits for your university’s partnering initiatives. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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


By David Schwartz
Published: August 2nd, 2022

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:

  • Creating an Accelerator Furnace for University Technology: Arizona State’s Success Story
  • How to Build and Nurture an Innovation District
  • Start-Up Accelerator Best Practices: Speed the Launch of Sustainable Businesses
  • 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. For complete program and faculty details and to order, click here.

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A Winning Formula for Commercialization Fellowships: Case Study of the University of Memphis Patents2Products Program


By David Schwartz
Published: July 25th, 2022

Valuable ideas sometimes languish in a lab for lack of an available entrepreneurial scientist to take it further. To help overcome that gap, a number of universities are creating commercialization fellowship programs. One best-in-show example is The University of Memphis’ Patents2Products program.

Its unique program creates a funded employment position for researcher entrepreneurs, who utilize patented “deep tech” IP to turn great ideas into successful companies. Patents2Products provides these postdoc fellows with all the necessary tools for launching a successful start-up. Fellows are hired in a university position with the UofM and provided with a salary and benefits, plus funds for initial start-up costs, as well as licensing rights to intellectual property. It’s a win-win for the fellows and for the university.

So you can learn from and adapt the program’s successes and lessons learned, and implement or improve your own fellowship initiative, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled this detailed, practical program: A Winning Formula for Commercialization Fellowships: Case Study of the University of Memphis Patents2Products Program, scheduled for August 4th.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Best Practices in University Research and Tech Transfer Compliance


By David Schwartz
Published: July 25th, 2022

When it comes to matters of regulatory compliance in research, there is no room for error. Fortunately, strong education and airtight monitoring systems can prevent the damaging consequences of non-compliance that can result in a black mark on your university’s reputation – as well as its future research funding.

That’s why we’ve created the Best Practices in University Research and Tech Transfer Compliance distance learning collection. The collection consists of three distance learning programs, complete with all original program materials, filled with expert compliance guidance related to the Bayh-Dole Act, reporting guidelines for iEdison, and SBIR/STTR funding regulations. It’s a great addition to your training library you can use over and over again and share with compliance staff.

The three programs included are:

  • Bayh-Dole Compliance Check-up: Effectively Address the Challenge of Complacency
  • Maintaining Compliance with iEdison: A Practical Guide for Universities
  • Avoid SBIR/STTR Fraud and Abuse Allegations in University Research

For complete details, click here.

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Encore webinar this Thursday: Returning Intellectual Property to the Inventor


By David Schwartz
Published: July 19th, 2022

Once an invention is disclosed, in some cases technology assessments reveal too many negatives — there may be too little interest among licensees or investors, difficulty in scaling up, competition and regulatory risks, and many other challenges that can be too difficult to overcome despite the TTO’s best efforts.

Rather than having the case files simply gather dust, the intellectual property can be — and in many cases should be — released back to the inventor. But that also has its challenges. For one, you must be very clear on restrictions and rights when doing so because there are many players and factors to consider. There’s also the valuable relationship with the inventor, which should be preserved and even strengthened. A delicate touch is necessary to communicate why the IP is being released, what led to the decision, and what the rights of the university, funding sources, and faculty are in relation to the innovation.

To address these issues, our Distance Learning Division recently teamed with Magdalena K. Morgan, PhD, Director of Licensing at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Innovation Gateway, for this insightful distance learning program: Returning Intellectual Property to the Inventor: How, Why, When…Then What? Based on rave reviews from attendees and continuing interest in the topic, we’ve scheduled an encore presentation for July 21, 2022.

For complete program details or to register, click here.  

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Policy and Practice Governing Faculty Inventors: Protecting Your University While Building Solid Relationships for Lasting Success


By David Schwartz
Published: July 19th, 2022

Establishing, reviewing, and revising policies and practices that govern sensitive issues surrounding the commercialization of faculty research is no easy task. From IP ownership and conflicts of interest to faculty incentives and disclosure management challenges, the policies and strategies you use form the foundation of your faculty relationships while also serving as a firewall against compliance problems, legal disputes, and public relations nightmares.

Policy and Practice Governing Faculty Inventors: Protecting Your University While Building Solid Relationships for Lasting Success is a four-hour collection of distance learning programs that identifies best practices and proven strategies from your peers who have successfully tackled policy issues and implemented key practices to protect the university while also building solid relationships with inventive faculty. The four programs included in the collection are:

  • Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research
  • Departing Faculty: How to Protect University IP, Avoid Legal Disputes, and Preserve Funding
  • Amending University IP Ownership Policies to Boost Disclosures and Corporate Interest
  • Incentivizing University Faculty for Commercialization Activity

Click here for complete details.

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Tomorrow — New Models of Gap Funding: Growing University Startups and Creating a New Generation of Entrepreneurs


By David Schwartz
Published: July 12th, 2022

Cornell University has embarked on a major expansion of its gap funding series, committing $3M a year to grow its innovation pipeline. But the Cornell story goes well beyond the top-line number. Underpinning the plan are three signature programs under the aptly named “Ignite” brand — all designed to fuel a major acceleration in start-ups, scale-ups, and innovation ecosystem growth.   

The three-pronged plan includes a proof-of-concept program already sporting early successes, a fund for newly launched start-ups, and a unique initiative that pairs postdocs with high-potential new ventures – and pays them to help take those start-ups on the path to growth – in the process creating a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Join Cornell’s tech transfer leader Alice Li, PhD, CLP, when she shares the details and early results of Ignite’s three signature programs: Ignite Innovation Acceleration, Ignite Postdoc for Ventures, and Ignite Startup Projects. She’ll provide insight into how each program was conceptualized, organized, funded and managed – and how the programs work in concert to increase start-up value and reach the next milestone event. You’ll learn the details behind these pioneering new platforms, which you can adapt in your own university’s start-up and innovation ecosystem growth plans.

For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Best Practices in Gaining SBIR/STTR Funding for University Technologies


By David Schwartz
Published: July 12th, 2022

The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs can be critical and significant sources of funding for university innovations and start-ups. With nearly $2B in funding being awarded each year, faculty innovators, research managers, start-up founders, and TTO staff must understand how to ensure their applications stand apart from the herd.

That’s why we’re offering this two-session distance learning resource: Best Practices in Gaining SBIR/STTR Funding for University Technologies. It includes these two outstanding, strategy-filled programs:

  • Dispelling SBIR/STTR Funding Myths and Misconceptions for University-Based Innovations. Many myths and misconceptions persist regarding how to apply, who can apply, what technologies are eligible, and how funds are awarded. SBIR/STTR funding consultant and former NIH scientific review officer Geoffrey White, PhD, dispels the myths and offers solid guidance on successful applications.
  • SBIR/STTR Funding: Strategies for Submitting a Winning Application. Knowing the critical factors that lead to success can make a huge difference in determining whether you get funded — and ultimately in whether your research or early-stage venture ever makes it to the commercial marketplace. This session identifies the four primary components to getting funded through these two highly competitive programs. It also addresses the key challenges facing SBIR/STTR applicants and offers expert guidance for planning ahead to ensure successful completion of major steps within the application process.

For complete details, click here.

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New Models of Gap Funding: Cornell’s Unique “Ignite” Approach to Growing University Startups and Creating a New Generation of Entrepreneurs


By David Schwartz
Published: June 28th, 2022

Cornell University has embarked on a major expansion of its gap funding series, committing $3M a year to grow its innovation pipeline. But the Cornell story goes well beyond the top-line number. Underpinning the plan are three signature programs under the aptly named “Ignite” brand — all designed to fuel a major acceleration in start-ups, scale-ups, and innovation ecosystem growth.   

The three-pronged plan includes a proof-of-concept program already sporting early successes, a fund for newly launched start-ups, and a unique initiative that pairs postdocs with high-potential new ventures – and pays them to help take those start-ups on the path to growth – in the process creating a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Join Cornell’s tech transfer leader Alice Li, PhD, CLP, when she shares the details and early results of Ignite’s three signature programs: Ignite Innovation Acceleration, Ignite Postdoc for Ventures, and Ignite Startup Projects. She’ll provide insight into how each program was conceptualized, organized, funded and managed – and how the programs work in concert to increase start-up value and reach the next milestone event. You’ll learn the details behind these pioneering new platforms, which you can adapt in your own university’s start-up and innovation ecosystem growth plans.

For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Effective Models of University-Industry Engagement: Case Studies in Success


By David Schwartz
Published: June 28th, 2022

As part of its mission to support holistic industry engagement and assist universities in attracting more corporate partners, University-Industry Engagement Advisor has produced a distance learning collection featuring four leading universities that have used innovative strategies and proven programs to achieve robust relationships with corporate partners.

Kansas State University, Brown University, the University of Georgia, and the University at Buffalo are prime examples of how to foster welcoming and comprehensive industry engagement initiatives that result in research funding, job creation, philanthropic funding, talent pipeline development, and economic development.

Effective Models of University-Industry Engagement: Case Studies in Success features the details behind each of these programs in four in-depth presentations. The collection comes complete with the original program materials and includes on-demand video as well as transcripts — so you can listen and share them with your entire staff at your convenience.

For complete details on this valuable collection, click here.

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