Industry-Sponsored Research Week

Encore event: Data Licensing and Privacy Protection Workshop for University TTOs


By David Schwartz
Published: July 28th, 2020

Data is fast becoming one of the hottest topics in university licensing — particularly with AI-related innovations and other research projects that rely on huge data sets. Universities — especially those with affiliated health systems — are putting skin in the game, but there are big issues with the legalities of using even blinded clinical data, images, and health records.

With a myriad of laws relating to consent and privacy to be navigated, as well as issues related to the rights of the licensee, how royalties are distributed, and more, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division recently hosted two data licensing and privacy experts to lead this  webinar: Data Licensing and Privacy Protection Workshop for University TTOs.

Based on a high level of continuing interest and the high marks received from attendees of the original live program, we’re hosting an encore presentation of the entire session, including all PowerPoints, both in a repeat airing on August 26th and in the on-demand video you’ll receive upon registration. It’s an outstanding opportunity to share the program with your entire staff for at-home learning.

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Combatting Heightened Cybersecurity Risks to University-Based IP Due to Remote Work


By David Schwartz
Published: July 21st, 2020

The pandemic has impacted university tech transfer and research operations in ways never before contemplated, including staff working remotely and accessing electronically managed documents, personal and patient data, research results, patent information, and more. New revelations regarding Russian hacking efforts into coronavirus research have added urgency to university efforts to guard their IP.

Each log-in represents a cybersecurity risk, and bad actors are looking to take advantage of this opportunity to steal and sell critical research and intellectual property. To protect your institution and its confidential research assets, a new level of effort and expertise is required. That’s why Tech Transfer Central  has teamed up with a world expert on university cybersecurity from Baker Tilly to offer this critical webinar: Combatting Heightened Cybersecurity Risks to University-Based IP Due to Remote Work, scheduled for August 20th.

Mike Cullen, Baker Tilly’s higher education and research institution cybersecurity and IT leader, will teach you the IT and cybersecurity risks and requirements associated with research activity, and how to apply them to your institution’s policies, processes, and remote workforce so you can be confident in the security of your valuable IP and research.

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Combatting Heightened Cybersecurity Risks to University-Based IP Due to Remote Work


By David Schwartz
Published: July 14th, 2020

The pandemic has impacted university tech transfer and research operations in ways never before contemplated, including staff working remotely and accessing electronically managed documents, personal and patient data, research results, patent information, and more. And while it may be normal to access this information on a daily basis via intranet at your university, it’s a whole new animal when you take into consideration the hundreds of staff members who are using personal wifi and other less-than-secure access points to connect to the university’s systems.

Each log-in represents a cybersecurity risk. And, with the growing volume and sophistication of cyber attacks, bad actors will almost certainly be looking to take advantage of this opportunity to steal and sell critical research and intellectual property data. To protect your institution and its confidential research assets, a new level of effort and expertise is required.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central  has teamed up with a world expert on university cybersecurity from Baker Tilly to offer this critical webinar: Combatting Heightened Cybersecurity Risks to University-Based IP Due to Remote Work, scheduled for August 20th.

Mike Cullen, Baker Tilly’s higher education and research institution cybersecurity and IT leader, will teach you the IT and cybersecurity risks and requirements associated with research activity, and how to apply them to your institution’s policies, processes, and remote workforce so you can be confident in the security of your valuable IP and research.

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Risk Assessment and Reporting Requirements for Foreign Research Relationships


By David Schwartz
Published: July 14th, 2020

In just the past few weeks, more arrests of faculty from U.S. universities have been made for failure to disclose financial ties to the Chinese government, and more than a dozen major research institutions are under federal investigation.

The ongoing investigations and enforcement action come on the heels of last year’s NIH letter to grant-receiving institutions raising concerns of inappropriate influence by foreign entities. More than 50 universities have now been asked to investigate specific threats. Several labs have fired researchers over failure to disclose foreign relationships and funding, and the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies are looking into potential security risks associated with foreign talent recruitment programs. 

It’s a problem that isn’t going away. That’s why Tech Transfer Central has 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 and providing a solid plan of action for both policy and real-world practice from a compliance veteran.
  • 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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Budget and Productivity Hacks for University TTOs


By David Schwartz
Published: July 7th, 2020

At universities across the globe, the purse strings are tighter than ever – and tech transfer offices are feeling it. Many TTOs report being busier than ever as technologies related to COVID-19 pour in, but staff and budget dollars are likely to decline, while expectations from administration are not likely to see a similar reduction.

Tech transfer professionals are a determined and innovative bunch, and they’ll need every bit of that ingenuity to keep up with disclosures, tech assessments, patents, licensing negotiations, start-up support, marketing and outreach, and the myriad tasks that make up a busy TTO’s days.

It will take some creative “hacks” to boost productivity and squeeze every drop out of your budget.

To help guide you, we’ve teamed up with TTO directors from two distinctly different offices to share their plans and strategies for getting the job done — and done well — with fewer resources. Please join Andrew R.O. Watson, PhD, CLP, Senior Director of OHSU Technology Transfer, and H. Victoria Bryant, Director of the Wyoming Technology Transfer and Research Products Center at the University of Wyoming, for this strategy-filled webinar: Budget and Productivity Hacks for University TTOs, scheduled for July 22nd.

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Best Practices in Gaining SBIR/STTR Funding for University Technologies


By David Schwartz
Published: July 7th, 2020

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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Anatomy of an IP License Agreement: Webinar Workshop for Tech Transfer Professionals


By David Schwartz
Published: June 30th, 2020

Every license negotiation and resulting agreement is different, but they all share one thing in common: using clear, well-defined terms is important to clarify the rights and obligations of each party and to align the parties’ interests in moving academic innovations to the marketplace. From royalty calculations and equity provisions to patent prosecution costs and sublicensing — and everything in between — the details in that agreement are critical to get right for your inventors, your TTO, your licensee, and your university.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division recently tapped Bryce Pilz, Director of Licensing for the University of Michigan, to lead this intensive webinar workshop during which he uses a real license agreement and dissects it to discuss each section in depth.

The original live program was hailed by attendees as extremely practical and helpful, so we’re hosting an encore presentation of the entire program, including all powerpoints. It’s an outstanding opportunity to share the program with your entire staff for at-home learning. The encore event is scheduled for July 14, and all attendees receive the on-demand video and transcript free for future use.

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Best Practices in Preventing and Managing Research Fraud and Misconduct


By David Schwartz
Published: June 30th, 2020

Effective management of sponsored research is a critical factor in the overall success of every university’s research enterprise. From avoiding conflicts of interest to managing regulatory and fiscal responsibilities, the challenges are diverse and complex — and the stakes are high in terms of research dollars, harsh non-compliance penalties, and the university’s reputation. That’s why it is so important to identify and implement best practices and proven strategies — and why we’ve created this valuable collection of distance learning sessions: Best Practices in Preventing and Managing Research Fraud and Misconduct.

This collection comes with more than 30 pages of reference materials and includes these three strategy-packed programs:

  • Discovering, Reporting and Managing Fiscal Misconduct in University Research
  • Compliance Management and Fraud Prevention in Sponsored Research
  • Sponsored Research Compliance: Best Practices for Working with Auditors

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Webinar tomorrow: Tech transfer directors to share plans for return to campus


By Jason Norris
Published: June 23rd, 2020

The transition to off-campus, remote working environments came swiftly and without the luxury of much advanced planning for many TTOs and industry engagement offices. Now, just as staff get comfortable in their new daily routines, federal and state governments are eager to re-open the country and get back to “normal.”

Research labs are beginning non-essential work again, plans for the fall semester are coming into focus, and TTOs and other research support offices face the difficult challenge of determining when and how to resume on-campus activity — and what that should look like as safety guidelines, research activity, and budget issues evolve.

To help inform and guide you, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with TTO directors from three universities facing vastly different pandemic impacts and issues — MIT, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and University of Nebraska. They will discuss the ongoing effects of the shutdown on their TTOs, their assessments and plans for transitioning back to campus, and what the future holds for their offices, their staff, and the faculty, students, and other stakeholders they serve.

Join us tomorrow, June 24th, for this insightful and critically important webinar: Planning and Assessment for Safely Re-Opening On-Campus Tech Transfer Office Operations.

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Tech transfer directors to share plans for return to campus


By David Schwartz
Published: June 16th, 2020

The transition to off-campus, remote working environments came swiftly and without the luxury of much advanced planning for many TTOs and industry engagement offices.

Now, just as staff get comfortable in their new daily routines, federal and state governments are eager to re-open the country and get back to “normal.” Research labs are beginning non-essential work again, plans for the fall semester are coming into focus, and TTOs face the difficult challenge of determining when and how to resume on-campus activity — and what that should look like as safety guidelines, research activity, and budget issues evolve.

To help inform and guide you, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with TTO directors from three universities facing vastly different pandemic impacts and issues — MIT, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and University of Nebraska. They will discuss the ongoing effects of the shutdown on their TTOs, their assessments and plans for transitioning back to campus, and what the future holds for their offices, their staff, and the faculty, students, and other stakeholders they serve.

Join us for this insightful and critically important webinar: Planning and Assessment for Safely Re-Opening On-Campus Tech Transfer Office Operations, scheduled for June 24th.

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Risk Assessment and Reporting Requirements for Foreign Research Relationships


By David Schwartz
Published: June 16th, 2020

In just the past few weeks, more arrests of faculty from U.S. universities have been made for failure to disclose financial ties to the Chinese government, and more than a dozen major research institutions are under federal investigation.

The ongoing investigations and enforcement action come on the heels of last year’s NIH letter to grant-receiving institutions raising concerns of inappropriate influence by foreign entities. More than 50 universities have now been asked to investigate specific threats. Several labs have fired researchers over failure to disclose foreign relationships and funding, and the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies are looking into potential security risks associated with foreign talent recruitment programs. 

It’s a problem that isn’t going away. That’s why Tech Transfer Central has 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 print 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 and providing a solid plan of action for both policy and real-world practice from a compliance veteran.
  • 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.

Click here for complete program and faculty details or to order.

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


By David Schwartz
Published: June 9th, 2020

Now more than ever, research relationships with corporate partners depend on new models of engagement, outreach, and value creation. 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.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has recruited Asa D. Brown, Esq. of the Washington State University Innovation & Research Engagement Office, to lead this webinar that will teach you new tactics for expanded, more responsive, and more strategic engagement.

Join us on June 16 for Ushering in a New Age of Corporate Research Engagement: Best Practices for Universities, when he’ll also discuss programs that 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.

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