Industry-Sponsored Research Week

Tech Launch Arizona’s Asset Development Program: A Case Study Webinar


By David Schwartz
Published: July 30th, 2019

While many universities today offer some type of funds designed to advance faculty inventions, there is often still a gap — an untouched area of the Valley of Death. That’s where a well-managed asset development program can help.

Tech Launch Arizona’s Asset Development Program (AD) is a best practice example of how to fill that gap. The program validates the inventions for market potential, completing project work that includes proof of concept, feasibility study, scalability test, research to improve patent claims, and more. If a technology merits AD funding, staff and their extensive network of experts work with the inventors to shape a full proposal, including activities, budget and timeline. The end result is a portfolio of IP assets that are better prepared for the marketplace, and which gain a bridge over the funding gap where too many promising projects go to die. 

Technology Transfer Tactics has invited Doug Hockstad, TLA’s Assistant Vice President of Technology Transfer, to present this webinar designed to provide a roadmap for creating an effective asset development program at your university: Tech Launch Arizona’s Asset Development Program: A Case Study Webinar,scheduled for August 6. For complete details and 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 30th, 2019

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 across the country 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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Saving Time and Increasing Productivity with iEdison: Reassessing the Subject Invention Requirement and Minimizing Reporting Errors


By David Schwartz
Published: July 22nd, 2019

Reporting inventions in iEdison can be a clunky, time-sucking task that is riddled with compliance hurdles, error notifications and reporting requirements. Many universities have made it policy and procedure to report all inventions into iEdison upon disclosure to the TTO. But that’s not necessary or even wise to do. Not all inventions are backed by federal funds, and not all disclosures can be fully vetted to meet the subject invention requirement. This causes major strife for the reporting officer or patent coordinator because — as research office and tech transfer staff know all too well — correcting reporting errors is an absolute nightmare in iEdison.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central, in partnership with iEdison expert Tyson Benson, associate with Harness Dickey, has scheduled this critically important compliance webinar: Saving Time and Increasing Productivity with iEdison: Reassessing the Subject Invention Requirement and Minimizing Reporting Errors. Join us on July 30 when Mr. Benson will discuss how to save time and reduce errors with iEdison, including an in-depth review of what a subject invention is and what really needs to be reported. For complete details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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Mitigating Risks Associated with Foreign Research Collaborators


By David Schwartz
Published: July 16th, 2019

In light of recent security threats and allegations of IP theft, foreign research collaborators, industry partners, students, and even faculty have been placed in the crosshairs of international disputes that have sparked intense scrutiny among administrators and restrictive action by the U.S. government. Heightened concern about foreign scholars exploiting the research environment for their own or their nations’ benefit has caused government agencies — and in turn university leaders — to act strongly, and their actions have shaken the academic research community.

This is an issue that’s not going away, and it’s why Tech Transfer Central, in partnership with export control and trade compliance expert Wendy Epley, President of Epley Consulting LLC, has scheduled this critically important webinar: Mitigating Risks Associated with Foreign Research Collaborators. Join us on July 25th when Ms. Epley will discuss how to comply with the added security measures being required by federal agencies, identify red flags and subtle clues of inappropriate foreign influence, and implement best practices for mitigating risks associated with foreign research collaborators. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Saving Time and Increasing Productivity with iEdison: Reassessing the Subject Invention Requirement and Minimizing Reporting Errors


By David Schwartz
Published: July 9th, 2019

Reporting inventions in iEdison can be a clunky, time-sucking task that is riddled with compliance hurdles, error notifications and reporting requirements. Many universities have made it policy and procedure to report all inventions into iEdison upon disclosure to the TTO. But that’s not necessary or even wise to do. Not all inventions are backed by federal funds, and not all disclosures can be fully vetted to meet the subject invention requirement. This causes major strife for the reporting officer or patent coordinator because — as research office and tech transfer staff know all too well — correcting reporting errors is an absolute nightmare in iEdison.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central, in partnership with iEdison expert Tyson Benson, associate with Harness Dickey, has scheduled this critically important compliance webinar: Saving Time and Increasing Productivity with iEdison: Reassessing the Subject Invention Requirement and Minimizing Reporting Errors. Join us on July 30 when Mr. Benson will discuss how to save time and reduce errors with iEdison, including an in-depth review of what a subject invention is and what really needs to be reported. For complete details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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Mitigating Risks Associated with Foreign Research Collaborators


By David Schwartz
Published: July 2nd, 2019

In light of recent security threats and allegations of IP theft, foreign research collaborators, industry partners, students, and even faculty have been placed in the crosshairs of international disputes that have sparked intense scrutiny among administrators and restrictive action by the U.S. government. Heightened concern about foreign scholars exploiting the research environment for their own or their nations’ benefit has caused government agencies — and in turn university leaders — to act strongly, and their actions have shaken the academic research community.

In light of these growing concerns, the National Institutes of Health last year distributed letters to more than 10,000 institutions that receive NIH grants, raising concerns of inappropriate influence by foreign entities — and 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. 

This is an issue that’s not going away, and it’s why Tech Transfer Central, in partnership with export control and trade compliance expert Wendy Epley, President of Epley Consulting LLC, has scheduled this critically important webinar: Mitigating Risks Associated with Foreign Research Collaborators. Join us on July 25th when Ms. Epley will discuss how to comply with the added security measures being required by federal agencies, identify red flags and subtle clues of inappropriate foreign influence, and implement best practices for mitigating risks associated with foreign research collaborators. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Saving Time and Increasing Productivity with iEdison: Reassessing the Subject Invention Requirement and Minimizing Reporting Errors


By David Schwartz
Published: June 18th, 2019

Reporting inventions in iEdison can be a clunky, time-sucking task that is riddled with compliance hurdles, error notifications and reporting requirements. Many universities have made it policy and procedure to report all inventions into iEdison upon disclosure to the TTO. But that’s not necessary or even wise to do. Not all inventions are backed by federal funds, and not all disclosures can be fully vetted to meet the subject invention requirement. This causes major strife for the reporting officer or patent coordinator because — as research office and tech transfer staff know all too well — correcting reporting errors is an absolute nightmare in iEdison.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central, in partnership with iEdison expert Tyson Benson, associate with Harness Dickey, has scheduled this critically important compliance webinar: Saving Time and Increasing Productivity with iEdison: Reassessing the Subject Invention Requirement and Minimizing Reporting Errors. Join us on July 30 when Mr. Benson will discuss how to save time and reduce errors with iEdison, including an in-depth review of what a subject invention is and what really needs to be reported. For complete details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices in Material Transfer Agreement Management


By David Schwartz
Published: June 18th, 2019

Your university spends untold dollars and hours on negotiating terms and processing hundreds, maybe even thousands of MTAs every year. And since MTAs can have serious ramifications in terms of rights to resulting inventions, for future licensing agreements, and for publication rights, it’s not a process you should be taking lightly or rushing through.

That’s why we’ve created Best Practices in Material Transfer Agreement Management. This highly-rated distance learning collection includes two practical programs that deliver specific strategies to help you manage your agreements, your time, and your IP. Here are more details on the two-program collection:

1. Material Transfer Agreement Management: Negotiation Strategies to Strengthen Legal Protection and Gain Efficiency — The way MTAs are negotiated and managed can have a huge impact on your organization’s productivity, since the volume and processing time can combine to overwhelm an already overworked staff. You gain solid guidance from two experts at the University of Iowa who have successfully addressed the MTA challenge, and are ready to share their strategies with you.

2. Managing Material Transfer Agreements: Key Practices for Saving Time and Money — The Vanderbilt University TTO’s home-grown MTAShare automated MTA management system enables an extremely streamlined process, slashing both paperwork and many hours of staff time associated with processing material transfer agreements. Alan Bentley, assistant vice chancellor for technology transfer in the Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization (CTTC), leads this session and shares exactly how the university tackled its MTA workload, culminating in this time- and money-saving automated solution.

For complete details on this valuable collection or to order, CLICK HERE.

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SBIR/STTR Policy Changes: New Challenges and New Opportunities


By David Schwartz
Published: June 17th, 2019

The Small Business Administration has just released a significant update to the SBIR/STTR policy directives and the changes took effect May 2nd. The final version contains significant policy changes that affect data rights and protections, data marking, rules related to multiple public funding sources, expanded opportunities with Phase III awards, and relaxation of rules related to multiple research institute partners.

Coupled with the National Science Foundation’s new requirement of “project pitch” before submission for an award and the NIH’s updated FOA for 2019, there are lots of new and important moving parts for TTOs, start-ups, research managers and partners to maneuver through — and one misstep can jeopardize your entire award status. At the same time, the new rules introduce valuable opportunities for expanded funding and new partnerships.

To clarify the various agencies’ directives and give you clear guidance on how to navigate successfully, Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has teamed up with two experts to bring you this detailed webinar: SBIR/STTR Policy Changes: New Challenges and New Opportunities. Join us tomorrow, June 26th for detailed guidance from SBIR/STTR expert Kristen Parmelee, President of PCG, Inc., and UNeMed Business Development Manager Joseph Runge, JD, MS. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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SBIR/STTR Policy Changes: New Challenges and New Opportunities


By David Schwartz
Published: June 11th, 2019

The Small Business Administration has just released a significant update to the SBIR/STTR policy directives and the changes took effect May 2nd. The final version contains significant policy changes that affect data rights and protections, data marking, rules related to multiple public funding sources, expanded opportunities with Phase III awards, and relaxation of rules related to multiple research institute partners.

Coupled with the National Science Foundation’s new requirement of “project pitch” before submission for an award and the NIH’s updated FOA for 2019, there are lots of new and important moving parts for TTOs, start-ups, research managers and partners to maneuver through — and one misstep can jeopardize your entire award status. At the same time, the new rules introduce valuable opportunities for expanded funding and new partnerships.

To clarify the various agencies’ directives and give you clear guidance on how to navigate successfully, Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has teamed up with two experts to bring you this detailed webinar: SBIR/STTR Policy Changes: New Challenges and New Opportunities. Join us on June 26th for detailed guidance from SBIR/STTR expert Kristen Parmelee, President of PCG, Inc., and UNeMed Business Development Manager Joseph Runge, JD, MS. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Matchmaking for University Start-Up Leadership: Laying the Groundwork for Harmonious CEO/Faculty Founder Relationships


By David Schwartz
Published: June 4th, 2019

The path to finding an experienced business leader who is capable and willing to take a university start-up forward is not an easy one. The early promise of strong leadership can be severely undercut, or even severed, by conflicts with the scientific founder of the venture. Why? Because the two leaders may have different visions or expectations for the company, or they may butt heads over key personnel, operational, or financial decisions. Whatever the underlying issue, these all-too-common conflicts pose a significant risk for the new company that your university has invested precious dollars and time into.

How can this situation be avoided or remedied? Experts agree that laying the groundwork for a more harmonious leadership match very early in the business development stage is critical. Defining needs and expectations, equity shares, exit strategies, and the benefits each role brings to the success of the business — coupled with a healthy reality check of each leader’s strengths and weaknesses — can go a long way to ensuring collegiality and, ultimately, success.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ is teaming up for this practical and strategy-filled webinar with Joy Goswami, Assistant Director of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships in the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships at the University of Delaware: Matchmaking for University Start-Up Leadership: Laying the Groundwork for Harmonious CEO/Faculty Founder Relationships, scheduled for next Tuesday, July 11th. Joy will rely on his many years of experience in guiding start-ups and their leadership teams to deliver practical guidance with dozens of take-home strategies. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices in University Research and Tech Transfer Compliance


By David Schwartz
Published: June 4th, 2019

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.

You’ll receive the recorded programs in three formats — DVD, On-Demand Video, and PDF Transcript — so you can listen and share them with staff at your convenience in whatever format you choose. It’s a great addition to your training library you can use over and over again.

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

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