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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, March 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, March 2020The following is a list of the articles that appear in the March 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 3, March 2020

  • Georgia Tech’s corporate contract ‘continuum’ stands the test of time. Many universities now offer contract options designed to more closely address the needs of industry partners, with several different templates potentially in play, depending on the type of project involved. Many are so new, however, that the institutions which introduced them are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach in evaluating their success.
  • Reorganization of corporate engagement functions not always a ‘slam dunk.’ In recent years, particularly in light of the push for more ‘holistic’ relationships with industry partners, a number of universities have reorganized their corporate engagement structure. Implementing such a restructuring, however, is a complicated and challenging task.
  • Dublin City U’s open access model goes beyond fee-for-service. The Nano Research Facility (NRF) at Dublin City University is employing an open access operating model that Greg Hughes, vice president of research for DCU, says is “more than fee-for-service.”
  • Purdue, Elanco form strategic partnership in animal health research. Purdue University, through its research foundation, and Elanco Animal Health, Inc. have inked a five-year agreement that will involve both collaborative research and talent training in major areas including animal science, structural biology, protein evolution and engineering, microbiome discovery and clinical veterinary medicine. The collaborative research will take place in Purdue’s labs under a under a master research agreement.
  • Alliance helps big and small universities bring quantum technology, talent to industry. Quantum research is “hot,” and among universities seeking corporate partnerships the competition is getting rather fierce. And while large, well-established and well-funded research universities may have the upper hand in this booming arena, consortiums like the newly formed Maryland Quantum Alliance (MQA) could open the door for new partnerships for all member institutions.
  • LaSalle U, Merck partner in life science career education program for undergrads. LaSalle University and Merck are partnering to provide LaSalle students with a curriculum developed by Pathway for Patient Health designed to better prepare them for careers in life sciences by focusing on quality. The program, called QSE (Quality Science Education), will give students education and training specific to careers in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech, animal health, and consumer goods industries during their undergraduate studies.

Posted March 11th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, February 2020


The following is a list of the articles that appear in the February 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 2, February 2020

  • Rice annual reports strengthen engagement with top industry partners. Glossy, highly polished annual reports that Rice University publishes and provides to its “Presidential Partners” — its most highly engaged industry collaborators — give those partners a detailed summary of the level of their engagement over the past year in each key area. Providing those reports, say Rice representatives, can give partners a sense of pride in their accomplishments, compare their level of engagement to those of competitors, and perhaps reveal areas where they not been as strong as they might have thought and thus consider additional engagement.
  • U of Utah seeks to grow lifetime relationships with start-up companies. While the University of Utah has developed a well-earned reputation as a research institution, with more than $500 million in research expenditures annually, when it comes to being known as an “engine of innovation,” it would be fair to say “not so much.” That’s certainly the viewpoint of Keith Marmer, DPT, MBA, executive director and associate vice president for technology & venture commercialization. But he’s taking steps to change that, looking to the university’s own start-ups as a driver of future industry collaborations
  • UArizona’s ‘Forge’ programs link several areas of industry collaboration. The approximately $2 million renovation project in downtown Tucson, commonly called Arizona Forge (or the Arizona Forge Business Innovation Hub), has been described as an incubator, but Director Brian Ellerman asserts it’s much more than that. In fact, he says, it represents but one of two major elements of industry engagement at the University of Arizona.
  • New online marketplace seeking to connect scientists and industry. Bringing research scientists together with industry partners willing to fund their projects has always been a key element of university outreach, and now a new online marketplace called Halo has been launched to help them do just that.
  • New website at U Buffalo is part of ‘integrated’ marketing to industry partners. The University at Buffalo’s Business & Entrepreneur Partnerships department has just launched a website aimed at life sciences companies as part of a new, broader strategy to enhance industry partnerships.
  • Focus on student recruitment leads to strong growth in corporate partnerships. When it comes to enhancing corporate engagement, it certainly pays to listen to your partners — as Troy University in Alabama has proven. The university has added six organizations to its Corporate Partnerships Program in a period of several weeks.

Posted February 11th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, January 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, January 2020The following is a list of the articles that appear in the January 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 1, January 2020

  • Universities, industry ‘high’ on research partnerships in cannabis and hemp. If you think it’s been raining university-industry cannabis and hemp-related research projects, it’s not your imagination. With the growing number of states offering some level of legalization, particularly for the less controversial low-THC varieties of hemp, the barriers are dropping and the attraction of potential profits in this burgeoning industry is apparently too strong to avoid. In fact, Chicago-based market research firm Brightfield Group says that at least 38 universities are currently leading or participating in clinical CBD trials.
  • Cornell seeks to build upon early success of industry-friendly GateWay program. A little over a year ago, Cornell University launched a new initiative called “GateWay to Partnership.” The program, run through the university’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and developed in close cooperation with the Center for Technology Licensing (CTL), offers three distinct partnership options from which prospective partners can choose — each geared towards different types of relationships.
  • Four-decade partnership between HP and Oregon State a model of success. One measure of the strength of an academic-industry partnership is the depth and breadth of the collaborations. Another is the length of the partnership. With Hewlett-Packard and Oregon State University, the track record on both counts is impressive.
  • Proactivity is key to addressing financial audits of industry research. When it comes to financial audits of industry-sponsored research projects, “proactivity is key; the process will go much smoother by preparing ahead of time,” said Kelsey Foreman, senior consultant in the Risk Internal Audit and Cybersecurity Practice with Baker Tilly, a leading accounting and consulting firm. Foreman was addressing participants in a UIEA-sponsored webinar entitled “Financial Audits of Industry-Sponsored Research.”
  • Partnering with local business chamber yields industry engagement benefits. The Somerset County (NJ) Business Partnership (SCBP) has a long history, but its involvement in extensive partnering with local universities is much more recent. Originally known as the Somerville Chamber of Commerce, its original mission — as with many chambers — was to lead the local business community.

Posted January 15th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, December 2019


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, December 2019The following is a list of the articles that appear in the December 2019 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 1, No. 12, December 2019

  • Desire for more holistic approach drives new industry engagement structures. The reorganization of university corporate relations efforts into a more centralized structure and a more “holistic” approach is not entirely new, but it seems now that the “pioneers” such as the Business Engagement Center at the University of Michigan have demonstrated the approach can be successful, a spate of universities — several in the Big 10 — are following their lead, with many announcing their “new look” within the past year or so.
  • Industry advisory councils create new opportunities for engagement. Having an advisory council consisting of industry leaders has long been seen as a benefit to industry engagement efforts and a key strategy in securing and nurturing partnerships. But the standard model of a single council covering the entire university is giving way to new structures that are more targeted to specific focus areas or departments. Proponents say taking the more targeted approach with multiple councils can be more effective in strengthening ties with faculty and fostering their collaborations with companies.
  • UNH employs “sandpits” for targeted interactions with industry partners. When you hear the phrase “playing in the sandbox,” it often conjures up a vision of children amusing themselves together in a rather confined but enjoyable space. A number of universities — particularly in Asia and Europe — have loosely adapted this concept to a specific type of event they call “sandpits,” where academia, industry, and sometimes government can “play” together while addressing a key topic of the day.
  • CRM system offers more holistic view of engagement, reveals opportunities. Two universities are successfully using the CRM Salesforce to create greater understanding of their corporate engagement activities and improve communications with industry partners. The transition, however, was not always smooth, and they have learned lessons that could benefit other universities.
  • ‘INSPIRE’ event focuses on SBIR/STTR collaborations between academia, industry. The Clemson University Research Foundation drew over 70 attendees (faculty members and industry representatives) to an October 22 event it said was designed to help attendees “learn how to forge research collaborations funded through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.”

Posted December 10th, 2019

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, November 2019


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, November 2019The following is a list of the articles that appear in the November 2019 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 1, No. 11, November 2019

  • In industry contracting, careful risk analysis can produce more flexibility. Contract negotiations with corporate partners can often be difficult, even to the point of weakening the partnership itself. They require a delicate balance, because protecting your own interests must always be a primary factor, even when you’re on the verge of a blockbuster deal. But protecting your institution, and recognizing risk factors in the negotiation, can actually make negotiations go more smoothly and conclude more quickly, experts say.
  • Industry engagement managers plan ahead to help maintain continuity. There is no guarantee of continuity when it comes to university-industry partnerships. Strong interpersonal relationships can be erased almost without notice with a personnel change, and longstanding research partnerships in specific spaces can suddenly cease as a corporation decides it must “shift gears.” Engagement managers say that while these unexpected changes cannot be avoided, there are strategies you can employ to help “cover your bases” — although some of these strategies emerge only after learning the hard lesson of reality.
  • Ohio University introduces three “flexible options” for sponsored research. Seeking to avoid the inevitable consternation that lengthy negotiations produce among industry partners, Ohio University has introduced what it calls its “Flexible Options for Sponsored Research,” which offers three distinct tiers of engagement from which partners can choose. Tier One, with “traditional” IP terms, offers a non-exclusive royalty-free license with an option for exclusivity. Tier Two, which the university calls “Risk Managed IP Terms,” offers an exclusive license with a pre-set royalty rate. Tier Three, or “Industry IP Ownership,” involves assignment with prepayment.
  • UCSD crowdsourcing program shows potential for industry engagement. A campus-wide program at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) originally designed to use crowdsourcing to help improve performance in numerous UCSD initiatives also holds potential for enhancing corporate engagement, say two of the individuals responsible for running the program.
  • UW Health takes multi-faceted approach to speeding clinical trials. Recognizing the attractiveness to industry of making the clinical trials process speedier and more efficient, UW Health, the academic medical center and health system for the University of Wisconsin, has taken major steps to improve a process previously cited as lacking by a group of entrepreneurs, investors and others active in health care and familiar with the process at UW-Madison.

Posted November 12th, 2019

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, October 2019


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, October 2019The following is a list of the articles that appear in the October 2019 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 1, No. 10, October 2019

  • Programs seek to align industry engagement with corporate desire for inclusion, diversity. On the one hand, as universities and industry collaborate on diversity programs, the guiding philosophy appears to be singular: diversity is a clear benefit to the workforce and the companies that employ them, so let’s work together to increase the talent pipeline in ways aimed at securing that benefit.
  • Wichita State program puts students to work with industry partners. University-industry partnerships often encompass some form of collaboration that focuses on preparing students for future work, be it through internships, co-ops, or capstone projects. But industry engagement leaders on the Innovation Campus of Wichita State University are taking it a step further: participating students spend part of each class day working for an industry partner.
  • UVA launches new partnership program for School of Data Science. The University of Virginia is looking for industry partners to help underwrite its brand new School of Data Science, just recently approved by the State Council for Higher Education. The Corporate Partners Program, which requires an annual membership fee of $35,000, already has three partners — Capital One, S & P Global, and LMI.
  • Imperial’s ‘Business Partners’ program offers deeper engagement opportunities. It’s not as if Imperial College has been unsuccessful in initiating industry partnerships; in fact, the UK university is currently engaged with about 350 companies in corporate-sponsored research alone. However, industry engagement programs can always create room to grow and even better serve industry
  • Master agreement renewal shows success of partnership at NC State. The recent renewal of the master agreement between Eastman Chemical Company and NC State, involving a new six-year commitment of $10 million following an initial investment of $16 million for the first six years, clearly demonstrates the strength of the partnership. However, cautions Leah D. Burton, the school’s director of the Centennial Campus Partnership Office & Industry Alliances, partnerships like these are not “built in a day.”
  • New NSF program seeks to jump start university-industry collaborations. In the pilot phase of NSF’s new program, Convergence Accelerator (C-Accel), there were 43 teams awarded funding. Of those teams, 38 were headed by universities; four were led by non-profits and only one was led by a corporation. W. Douglas Maughan, who heads the NSF program, would like to see that change.

Posted October 10th, 2019

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, September 2019


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, September 2019The following is a list of the articles that appear in the September 2019 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 1, No. 9, September 2019

  • Alumni with strong corporate ties make a perfect match for engagement. Alumni just naturally have a tendency to be supportive of their Alma Maters, and those who have attained significant wealth often express that support through philanthropy.
  • Campus-wide sponsorships open doors to expanded engagement opportunities. If you’re walking around a college campus and you happen to notice several branches of the same bank, or several outlets of the same retailer, chances are it’s likely not just because the university campus is a good location or because it has lower construction or leasing costs. No, it’s more than likely the result of a campus-wide partnership program.
  • Chemours investing $150M to create ‘Discovery Hub’ on U Delaware’s STAR Campus. The Chemours Company, a global chemistry company that specializes in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts, and chemical solutions, is making a $150 million investment in the University of Delaware’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus with the construction of an R&D headquarters it will call The Chemours Discovery Hub.
  • First building at VA Tech’s Innovation Campus will offer many options for industry. The decision by Amazon to place its HQ2 in the greater Washington, DC, area has attracted activity among local universities and others, who are scrambling to create new space to meet anticipated demand.
  • Wayne State opening Mobility Center with focus on skills development for industry. Wayne State University is partnering with the Michigan Mobility Institute (MMI) to launch the “Center for Advanced Mobility,” which will begin operations this fall. The center is described by the partners as “the world’s first holistic, advanced mobility curriculum.”
  • Penn State Erie builds multiple engagement bridges to plastics industry. It may be more than 50 years since “The Graduate” hit movie theatres, but “plastics” is still a magic word in Erie, PA, where Penn State Erie has a deep and tight focus on that industry.

Posted September 13th, 2019

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, August 2019


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, August 2019The following is a list of the articles that appear in the August 2019 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 1, No. 8, August 2019

  • Emory takes novel approach to engaging industry in “living lab.” The Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub is certainly not the first example of a major healthcare center launching an ambitious undertaking in the pursuit of innovative healthcare solutions, but its leadership insists its approach is nevertheless unique.
  • Marquette employs structured plan in launch of corporate engagement office. It takes much more than a demonstrated need and a strong commitment to successfully pursue the creation of a new Office of Corporate Engagement — or to revamp an existing one, for that matter. As Marquette University has demonstrated, it takes a carefully structured plan — one that will not only lead to successful implementation, but will also lay the foundation for this, or any such office, to succeed in its mission.
  • Guest Column: How do R&D teams evaluate new partnership opportunities? We’re often asked by the universities that use IN-PART’s matchmaking platform for university-industry collaboration what R&D teams are looking for in new potential collaborators. So, to provide some answers, we spoke with our industry community and asked them what informs their decisions to establish new partnerships with universities.
  • Cleveland State revamps online portal in bid to ease industry searches. Cleveland State University has just completed and launched a revamped version of its Innovation Portal in an effort, according to the university, “to streamline the process of finding information about CSU’s wide range of industry-relevant research, technologies, and innovation resources.”
  • U of Illinois system backs statewide corporate engagement effort. The University of Illinois system is behind a statewide initiative called the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), designed to “bolster the Illinois economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development,” according to a statement from the network.
  • Community college involves corporations, university in engagement efforts. Industry engagement offices and corporations are more actively seeking the involvement of community colleges in their efforts to prepare students for future careers and to meet the increasing demands for talent acquisition. But in one case, it appears to be a community college that is serving as the driving force of such efforts.

Posted August 12th, 2019

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, July 2019


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, July 2019The following is a list of the articles that appear in the July 2019 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 1, No. 7, July 2019

  • Talent pipelines become critical to industry engagement in low-unemployment era. The desire of universities to educate and train their students to make them more marketable to industry, and industry’s need to find many of their future employees on college campuses, has always been a natural component of U-I collaboration. But the recent dramatic drop in unemployment has added a new element to such collaborations — an almost desperate search on the part of industry and a heightened look by academia at creating new programs to meet industry’s urgent talent needs.
  • Collaboration canvas tool used to guide mid-term review with industry partners. The SIRIUS Centre for Scalable Data Access in the Oil and Gas Domain, a collaborative research organization funded by the Research Council of Norway and hosted by the University of Oslo, recently used a “hybrid” version of a collaboration canvas process designed for either university or industry use so that it could be implemented in single sessions together with industry partners.
  • U of South Carolina’s new approach yields big results in corporate engagement. When the University of South Carolina transformed its approach to collaboration with industry in 2013 with the formation of its Office of Economic Engagement, perhaps few could have predicted how significant the impact would be.
  • Smart city initiatives offer new avenue for industry collaboration. The need for urban areas to efficiently manage Internet of Things (IoT) assets, to become “smart cities,” is a space that has become increasingly attractive to political leaders. Recognizing that they do not have the necessary expertise in-house to take such challenges on themselves, they are frequently turning to universities (for knowledge and research) and industry (for research and bandwidth) as partners in these initiatives.
  • U of Maine partners with national lab in bid to boost state lumber industry. Universities, especially land grant institutions, place a high value on research that has a positive economic development impact. That importance is magnified when a key local industry is facing serious challenges — like the lumber industry in Maine.
  • To add value locally, learn to work with economic development groups. Imagine this. You are in charge of industry engagement for your university, and an economic developer is trying to convince a company to relocate to your community. The company wants your engineering school to custom train their staff. Moreover, they want to redesign the curriculum so that the school’s graduates would make good hires for their company. Or suppose, as happened in southeastern Ohio, that a major employer shuts down and hundreds of people lose their jobs.

Posted July 11th, 2019

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, June 2019


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, June 2019The following is a list of the articles that appear in the June 2019 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 1, No. 6, June 2019

  • Universities find a fertile source of industry partnerships: Their own start-ups. Start-ups are often thought of by many as seekers of financing; after all, lacking resources is part of the classic picture of companies in their early stages of development. That’s why it may come as a surprise that a number of universities are finding their own start-ups as excellent sources of funds for research — true industry partners, even as they are seeking to solidify their own futures.
  • UAlbany revamps approach to corporate engagement, seeks to eliminate ‘silos.’ About 30 months ago the University at Albany – State University of New York embarked on a major transformation of its corporate engagement efforts, seeking to eliminate what it saw as significant communication breakdowns and an opportunity to better serve its industry partners.
  • Strength of partnership leads to NC State’s selection in IBM quantum initiative. The long and strong partnership between NC State and IBM, and NC State’s track record in industry engagement, were key factors in its selection by IBM as the first university in North America to participate in its quantum computing “Q Hub” program, more formally known as IBM Q Network Hubs. IBM now has seven in all, including hubs at Oxford University in the UK and institutions in Australia and Japan.
  • Auburn creating one-stop poultry research facility for industry partnering. Auburn University has anything but modest ambitions for the Charles C. Miller Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center. Opened in 2012, it continues to expand, and “it is our goal to be the leading institution in poultry research, education and outreach in the United States, if not the world,” according to College of Agriculture Dean Paul Patterson.
  • As UW focuses on clean energy research, new center set to draw industry partners. In its basic physical structure, the 340,000 square-foot Center for Advanced Materials and Clean Energy Technologies (CAMCET) at the University of Washington will be similar to many research facilities on campuses across the country. It will have areas for research and testing, for education, and for office space. But there will be one key difference.

Posted June 12th, 2019

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, May 2019


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, May 2019The following is a list of the articles that appear in the May 2019 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 1, No. 5, May 2019

  • Special focus: Creating successful engagement events. Hosting events is a big part of successful industry engagement, providing a crucial source of introductions, outreach, education, and relationship-building. This issue’s  first four articles are focused on this task, including coverage of “Industry Day” events, a best practice program from Sweden’s Uppsala University, a partner recognition program at UMass Lowell, and a “reverse pitch” program from Carnegie Mellon.
    • Key strategies for hosting a successful ‘Industry Day’ on campus. “Industry Days,” or day-long events held to showcase what a university has to offer to one or more industry partners, can be an effective way for a university to “put its best foot forward.”
    • Uppsala “AIMday” industry event has long, successful track record. While some universities are now just starting to think about sponsoring industry days, Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, has been presenting an academia-industry initiative for more than a decade.
    • UMass Lowell gives a big “thank you” to industry partners. No doubt universities greatly appreciate the support they receive from their industry partners — not only for their financial contributions, but also for the other support they provide in terms of collaboration. But how many of them actually take the time to say “thank you?”
    • CMU reverse pitch challenge ‘flips the table’ on corporate engagement. University-based start-up companies and similar entities seeking corporate sponsorships or partnerships are exhaustingly familiar with the process of developing and presenting elevator pitches. But what if the process was reversed?
  • New one-stop engagement center makes navigation of PSU easier for industry. In an effort to increase and expand the number of multi-faceted corporate relationships it has, Penn State University has opened the Penn State Corporate Engagement Center.
  • New ‘city’ on Purdue campus seen as major draw for industry, start-ups. Universities looking to draw companies and start-ups to their regions may be overlooking a government tax incentive program that, coupled with the perks and talent pipeline available on campus, can become a strong economic development and industry engagement magnet.

Posted May 13th, 2019

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, April 2019


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, April 2019The following is a list of the articles that appear in the April 2019 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 1, No. 4, April 2019

  • Automatic licensing in industry-sponsored research: Does it pay off? “The jury is still out” on automatic (pre-negotiated) licensing in industry-sponsored research, said a trio of attorneys who comprised the panel for a session entitled “Automatic Licensing Initiatives: How they work and how they are working,” at the recent AUTM 2019 conference in Austin, TX.
  • ACTA model streamlines contracting for sponsored multi-center clinical trials. The search for model agreements to reduce the often tedious and lengthy period of negotiations necessary to finalize university-industry contracts is an ongoing battle, with efforts extending to many different types of projects and partners. It now seems that in at least one specific area — industry-sponsored multi-center clinical trials — a viable solution has been found.
  • Tulane, LSU Health join forces in their efforts to garner more industry partnerships. The sum of the whole, they say, is often greater than its parts. That premise is clearly behind the partnership that has developed between Tulane University and LSU Health as they seek to broaden their collaborations with industry. Their success in working together to meet the needs of industry could serve as a strong hint to schools who share a geographical location, but who don’t yet combine their efforts in industry engagement.
  • Pitt’s focused collaboration expands into wide range of partner engagements. It began as cleanly and simply as many partnerships do: Two entities realized they each had something the other needed, and readily agreed to a partnership based on meeting those needs. But what a difference a few years can make; today, that partnership has branched into areas perhaps neither had imagined.
  • George Mason’s ‘GovCon’ center targets massive federal contracting market. The new Center for Government Contracting at the George Mason University School of Business has the goal of bringing together industry and government contracting in an academic setting to focus on research, education and training, and collaboration.
  • Clemson, GE forge deeper engagement built on 20 years of collaboration. The latest headlines from Clemson, SC, crow about a new investment by GE Power at its Advanced Manufacturing Works (AMW) in Greenville, SC, including the installment of three 3D printing machines, intended for the use of Clemson University students as they work side by side with GE engineers at the newly established Advanced Manufacturing Lab. Impressive as that investment is, however, it is just the latest step in a deep relationship that has developed between these partners over a period of more than 20 years.

Posted April 12th, 2019