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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, July 2020


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

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 7, July 2020

  • How to engage faculty in building university-industry partnerships. While clearly a critical part of any university-industry partnership, faculty researchers sometimes get short shrift in conversations about what makes these partnerships successful, with attention often focusing more globally on the university and its industry partner, and overarching strategies for sharing each other’s goals and meeting each other’s needs. Perhaps it was at least partly in recognition of this reality that NACRO recently decided to host a webinar titled “Working with Faculty.” After all, many partnerships revolve around faculty involvement, or depend on it completely.
  • COVID-19 NERF helps generate new agreements with corporate partners. There has been an understandable surge of interest on the part of industry to partner with universities in new research connected with the COVID-19 virus. Now several universities employing a new NERF made available in April and specifically designed to make such agreements more attractive and with less negotiating time say it’s leading to even more — and faster — collaborations with industry partners.
  • Virtual career conference offers new lessons for engaging students, industry. This is not your predecessor’s university-industry career conference, but it may be a big part of the future — even after COVID-19 is just a bad memory.
  • Expanding online network brings university education to corporate employees. The most successful programs seeking to link academia and industry focus on meeting the needs of both partners equally, and InStride, a growing online education network, is looking to join that “club” by matching the educational needs of the companies and their employees with the virtual educational services of the universities.
  • New online portal crosses boundaries to connect universities and industry. A new online portal designed to connect university researchers with industry-sponsored projects, service contract opportunities and potential collaborators is unique among the myriad portals designed to link academia and industry, according to Jay De Long, director of Research Enabled (www.researchenabled.org). The portal is a joint undertaking of the University of Missouri System and the Southern Illinois University System and enabled through a grant of nearly $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • UPS transport subsidiary helps Rutgers meet critical time pressures. You only have one chance to make a first impression, says the old adage, and Marken, a wholly owned subsidiary of the UPS Healthcare division, has apparently made the most of it in a recent collaboration with Rutgers University to ensure the rapid and safe transport of samples related to COVID-19 research. It may have been the first time these two have partnered, but it likely will not be the last.

Posted July 10th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, June 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, June 2020

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

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 6, June 2020

  • Universities, industry find alternative approaches for summer internships. As it has done with university-industry research, the coronavirus has had a tremendous impact on collaborative internships and co-op programs. Unlike research, however, which in many cases had to be shut down, these collaborations have for the most part found a way to continue — albeit using distinctly different models.
  • Communication is key when COVID-19 stalls partnership projects. While stalled research projects are eventualities that neither university nor industry partners like to see, in many cases they have been inevitable due to COVID-19 safety concerns. While there is no “guidebook” on how best to deal with these unforeseen challenges, most observers agree the first consideration should be quick and transparent communications between partners.
  • Purdue, Microsoft create app to track COVID-19 impact on research projects. How many university offices of sponsored programs, facing a critical COVID-19 related challenge, could reach out to an industry partner and be provided with a solution in less than a week? Well, Purdue’s Sponsored Program Services (SPS) apparently can.
  • New consortium seeks to enhance U.S. role in solar energy production. The University of Washington and its Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Toledo, along with a group of leading solar companies, have formed the U.S. Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium, or US-MAP. The group aims to accelerate the domestic commercialization of technologies based on perovskites, an emerging class of materials with properties ideal for solar energy that can be inexpensively produced.
  • Angel network helps fund start-up connecting corporate sponsorship to campus events. Indiana University Ventures (IU Ventures) was already a very real part of the university’s corporate engagement efforts before the recent announcement of IU’s contribution to an investment round for start-up Recess, an alumni-led digital marketplace. But the effort did represent a milestone — the very first investment by the IU Angel Network.

Posted June 11th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, May 2020


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

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 5, May 2020

  • University-industry partners break new ground as they seek COVID solutions. It comes as no surprise that universities and their industry partners have strongly reached out to each other in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, desperately seeking urgently needed solutions. What might not have been predicted, however, is how willing and nimble they have been at throwing off the limitations of more traditional partnering methods in order to speed up processes, or to enter into totally new areas of activity to meet those urgent needs.
  • Iowa State’s partnership with Deere a model of long-term strategic collaboration. There are many successful university-industry relationships across the country, but it’s likely there are few that check as many of the collaboration “boxes” as the one between Iowa State University and its industry partner, heavy equipment maker Deere & Co.
  • New certificates program designed to “retrain” engineers in quantum tech. The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago will be offering a certificates program to educate scientists and engineers in the key principles and practical applications of quantum technology.
  • Carleton U expands Ericsson partnership with multi-year deal for research and talent. Strengthening industry partnerships is a primary goal of corporate engagement offices, and Carleton University in Ottawa has certainly done that, signing a multi-year agreement with Ericsson that will incorporate research sponsorship and talent development programs for engineers and computer scientists in wireless communications.
  • University, industry partner focus on business solutions and student learning in IoT. James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, and Optus Business, developer of a “next-generation narrow-band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network,” have reached agreement on a seven-year partnership to, as they say, “Turbocharge IoT Innovation,” with a focus on business solutions and the education of Cook students in IoT.

Posted May 12th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, April 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, April 2020

The following is a list of the articles that appear in the April 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. Due to the urgent nature of the coronavirus pandemic and our extensive coverage of how industry engagement offices are addressing COVID-related challenges, we are opening up this issue for free to all.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 4, April 2020

  • Industry engagement offices adjust to new reality in COVID-19 lockdown. Corporate engagement, which is typically characterized by an extensive amount of personal contact — be it through site visits, negotiations, collaborative meetings, conferences, showcases, or staff meetings — has been forced to dramatically shift its modes of communication as COVID-19 has caused universities to shut down most on-campus activities. Nonetheless, engagement managers tell UIEA that they remain busy, albeit in some ways they might never have imagined.
  • U New Haven breaks new ground with e-sports industry partnership. E-sports and gaming are part of a rapidly growing industry. A number of universities have even established their own teams, so it’s perhaps not surprising that The University of New Haven and HyperX have entered into a partnership centered around this space. However, the partners agree there is much that makes this partnership unique.
  • UQ’s new Industry Connect program guides industry to engagement options. University-industry engagement has been a key to innovation in Australia for quite a while, despite what conventional wisdom might say, according to Professor Mohan Krishnamoorthy, pro-vice-chancellor for research partnerships at The University of Queensland in Brisbane. What has changed, he says, is the more recent “synthesizing of transdisciplinary capabilities.” And it is that change, he adds, which has led to a restructuring of the university’s approach to engaging industry partners — through a multi-faceted program called Industry Connect.
  • USF, Jabil expand deal and offer lessons in becoming more strategic. The University of South Florida and product solutions company Jabil Inc., which have had ongoing collaborations in a number of different areas, have formalized that partnership with the establishment of a new institute in the USF Research Park and a master research agreement governing the relationship.
  • Development officer finds creative paths for enhancing industry relationships. Michelle Dingwall, senior development officer for the Stout University Foundation at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, assumed her position when it was created by the university three years ago. Her main charge: Securing donations from industry partners.
  • IBM, Princeton launch undergraduate quantum research program. In the summer of 2019, IBM and Princeton University initiated the Quantum Undergraduate Research at IBM and Princeton (QURIP) program, which involved 10 students from educational institutions across the country. They spent the summer focusing on “theoretical and experimental research in quantum information.”

Posted April 10th, 2020

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