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Webinar tomorrow — Case Study of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships for a Stronger Innovation Ecosystem


By David Schwartz
Published: May 11th, 2021

Kentucky Commercialization Ventures supports all of Kentucky’s 22 regional universities and community and technical colleges through education, research, commercialization and workforce development. This public-private initiative has been recognized across the nation for its innovative approach to increasing access and participation in commercialization, promoting regional innovation hubs, and moving inventions through the commercialization pipeline. KCV was recently recognized with a Lab-to-Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for its visionary work to improve access to commercialization and innovation pathways statewide.

It’s a unique and successful model every university and innovation stakeholder can learn from, and that’s why Tech Transfer Central has scheduled this distance learning event: Case Study of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships for a Stronger Innovation Ecosystem.

Join us tomorrow, May 12th, when Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman, MBA, Executive Director of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures, describes in detail the KCV partnership process, and how it is producing significant gains in economic and workforce development while nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation activity statewide.

For complete details and to register, click here.

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Incorporating Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activities into Promotion and Tenure Decisions


By David Schwartz
Published: May 4th, 2021

Including innovation and entrepreneurship activities in university promotion and tenure decisions is an important way for universities to encourage researchers to participate in commercialization activity — particularly younger faculty — and sustain a healthy innovation environment. It’s clear that faculty respond quickly to changes in incentives – and they respond to disincentives as well. Without a push toward inclusion of innovation activity, you can bet that some potentially lucrative and important inventions will fall by the wayside.

While you may encounter “old guard” faculty and research leaders that still balk at the idea that commercialization should carry weight in promotion and tenure criteria, the tide is turning. Many universities have already taken formal policy steps to include innovation as a consideration, and many others are seeing more commercialization activity on faculty dossiers in promotion and tenure deliberations.

This paradigm shift is perfect timing for your university to re-evaluate your tenure and promotion policies and encourage up-and-coming faculty to engage with your TTO – and bring their technologies out of the lab. That’s why we teamed up with an expert panel for this important, forward-looking program: Incorporating Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activities into Promotion and Tenure Decisions, scheduled for May 26. You’ll learn

best practices and strategies for making this shift toward a tenure and promotion process that encourages inventors and potential start-up founders to participate in the commercialization process. For complete details, 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: May 4th, 2021

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

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Case Study of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships for a Stronger Innovation Ecosystem


By David Schwartz
Published: April 26th, 2021

Kentucky Commercialization Ventures supports all of Kentucky’s 22 regional universities and community and technical colleges through education, research, commercialization and workforce development. This public-private initiative has been recognized across the nation for its innovative approach to increasing access and participation in commercialization, promoting regional innovation hubs, and moving inventions through the commercialization pipeline. KCV was recently recognized with a Lab-to-Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for its visionary work to improve access to commercialization and innovation pathways statewide.

It’s a unique and successful model every university and innovation stakeholder can learn from, and that’s why Tech Transfer Central has scheduled this distance learning event: Case Study of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships for a Stronger Innovation Ecosystem.

Join us on May 12th when Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman, MBA, Executive Director of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures, describes in detail the KCV partnership process that is producing significant gains in economic and workforce development while nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation activity statewide.

For complete details and to register, click here.

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Risk Assessment and Reporting Requirements for Foreign Research Relationships


By David Schwartz
Published: April 26th, 2021

Dozens of major research institutions are under federal investigation for failure to disclose foreign research ties, and nearly 100 universities have now been asked to investigate specific threats. Several labs have seen researchers arrested or fired over failure to disclose foreign relationships and funding, and the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies continue to focus on potential security risks associated with foreign talent recruitment programs. 

It’s a problem that isn’t going away. That’s why we’ve created this distance learning collection dedicated to improving your assessment strategies and compliance with reporting requirements. Risk Assessment and Reporting Requirements for Foreign Research Relationships features two recorded programs in our digital package format — on-demand video and transcript — so you can view and share them with your entire staff on or off campus at your convenience. The two programs are:

  • Navigating Foreign Relationships and Reporting Requirements in University Research, presented by: David Ivey, UT-Austin’s Export Control Officer and Export Compliance Counsel, who provides a solid plan of action for both policy and real-world compliance practice.
  • Mitigating Risks Associated with Foreign Research Collaborators, presented by: Wendy Epley, Principal, Wendy Epley Consulting. You’ll learn how to comply with the added security measures being required by federal agencies, identify red flags, and spot subtle clues of inappropriate foreign influence so your university can protect its research and its reputation.

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Webinar tomorrow: Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials


By David Schwartz
Published: April 19th, 2021

Mouse models, cell lines, data, antibodies, reagents, software…. Your university has a vast inventory of research materials and tools — and these tools have significant licensing potential. The challenge is to find, categorize, and market them to create a new or expanded revenue stream from your existing research assets.

These tangible research materials, whether biological, chemical, physical, or otherwise represent significant untapped revenue. The key is identifying these materials and making them readily available for licensing via click-thru licenses for immediate revenue, as well as understanding the structure and negotiation strategy required for larger or bundled licenses.

To ensure you get maximum value from your research tool assets, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has partnered with attorney and UNeMed Business Development Manager Joe Runge for this detailed webinar: Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials, scheduled for tomorrow, April 21st.

For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Case Study of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships for a Stronger Innovation Ecosystem


By David Schwartz
Published: April 13th, 2021

Kentucky Commercialization Ventures supports all of Kentucky’s 22 regional universities and community and technical colleges through education, research, commercialization and workforce development. By providing statewide support, KCV is opening doors to opportunities not previously available in the traditional siloed tech transfer approach.

This public-private initiative has been recognized across the nation for its innovative approach to increasing access and participation in commercialization, promoting regional innovation hubs, and moving inventions through the commercialization pipeline. KCV was recently recognized with a Lab-to-Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for its visionary work to improve access to commercialization and innovation pathways statewide.

It’s a unique and successful model every university and innovation stakeholder can learn from, and that’s why Tech Transfer Central has scheduled this distance learning event: Case Study of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships for a Stronger Innovation Ecosystem.

Join us on May 12th when Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman, MBA, Executive Director of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures, describes in detail the KCV partnership process that is producing significant gains in economic and workforce development while nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation activity statewide.

For complete details and to register, click here.

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


By David Schwartz
Published: April 13th, 2021

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 in on-demand video and transcript — so you can listen and share with your entire staff at your convenience.

For complete details on this valuable collection, click here.

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Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials


By David Schwartz
Published: April 6th, 2021

Mouse models, cell lines, data, reagents, software…. Your university has a vast inventory of research materials and tools — and these tools have significant licensing potential. The challenge is to find, categorize, and market them to create a new or expanded revenue stream from your existing research assets.

These tangible research materials, whether biological, chemical, physical, or otherwise represent significant untapped revenue. The key is identifying these materials and making them readily available for licensing via click-thru licenses for immediate revenue, and understanding the structure and negotiation strategy required for larger or bundled licenses.

To ensure you get maximum value from your research tool assets, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has partnered with attorney and UNeMed Business Development Manager Joe Runge for this detailed webinar: Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials, scheduled for April 21st. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials


By David Schwartz
Published: March 30th, 2021

Mouse models, cell lines, data, reagents, software…. Your university has a vast inventory of research materials and tools — and these tools have significant licensing potential. The challenge is to find, categorize, and market them to create a new or expanded revenue stream from your existing research assets.

These tangible research materials, whether biological, chemical, physical, or otherwise represent significant untapped revenue. The key is identifying these materials and making them readily available for licensing via click-thru licenses for immediate revenue, and understanding the structure and negotiation strategy required for larger or bundled licenses.

To ensure you get maximum value from your research tool assets, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has partnered with attorney and UNeMed Business Development Manager Joe Runge for this detailed webinar: Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials, scheduled for April 21st. 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: March 30th, 2021

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, start-up founders, TTO staff, and sponsored research managers 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.

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Non-Disclosure Agreements in University Research and Commercialization: Drafting Strategies for Maximum IP Protection


By David Schwartz
Published: March 23rd, 2021

When working with collaborators, potential licensees, investors, and others outside the university, poorly drafted NDAs can put your valuable IP in grave danger.   

In academia, NDAs are used to protect patent rights from public disclosures that threaten patentability. But just as importantly, NDAs used in partnerships, co-invention, licensing discussions, and investment negotiations prevent others from co-opting your researchers’ valuable innovations. In a worst-case scenario, you can literally lose the rights to the patent, as has been made painfully clear by the courts in recent cases.

Given the huge stakes, it’s imperative that universities understand the implications of a poorly drafted and executed NDA — and make sure these documents anticipate every twist and turn along the way. That’s why Tech Transfer Central has scheduled this detailed and practical webinar: Non-Disclosure Agreements in University Research and Commercialization: Drafting Strategies for Maximum IP Protection, scheduled for April 13th. Our patent attorney-TTO executive faculty team will discuss NDAs, their use in academia, and the key legal issues around compliance and enforcement.

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

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