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How Johns Hopkins Maintains Support for Student Entrepreneurs During the Shutdown: A Case Study Webinar


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 17th, 2020

Student entrepreneurs have had their education put on hold or transitioned to a whole new way of learning, lost their student housing, and in many cases were forced to abandon their belongings in the process. To add insult to injury, their entrepreneurial projects have been adversely affected as well. As incubators, accelerators, makerspaces, design labs closed their doors and transitioned to virtual platforms, many students and their projects risked falling off the radar.

But not if Johns Hopkins’ student ventures team has anything to say about it. Continuity is incredibly important when it comes to student innovation and student-led projects, and Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures’ FastForward U has implemented a plan to deal with the fallout as seamlessly as possible.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with Kerrie Carden, FastForward U’s Director of Student Ventures, for this insightful one-hour distance learning event: How Johns Hopkins Maintains Support for Student Entrepreneurs During the Shutdown: A Case Study Webinar, scheduled for June 30th.

Ms. Carden will offer insight into how to serve this particular population during the shutdown  by utilizing a variety of key resources, tools and approaches.

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Risk Assessment and Reporting Requirements for Foreign Research Relationships


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 17th, 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.

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MIT, U Nebraska, and UT-RGV tech transfer directors to share plans for return to campus


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 10th, 2020

The transition to off-campus, remote working environments came swiftly and without the luxury of much advanced planning for many TTOs. 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 faces 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 universities, 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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How Johns Hopkins Maintains Support for Student Entrepreneurs During the Shutdown: A Case Study Webinar


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 3rd, 2020

While your university is steadfastly dealing with the fallout of the pandemic campus-wide, one particular population has been hit with a one-two punch. Student entrepreneurs have had their education put on hold or transitioned to a whole new way of learning, lost their student housing, and in many cases were forced to abandon their belongings in the process. To add insult to injury, their entrepreneurial projects have been adversely affected as well. As incubators, accelerators, makerspaces and educational courses closed their doors and began the transition to virtual platforms, many students and their projects were suddenly at risk of falling off the radar.

But not if Johns Hopkins’ student ventures team has anything to say about it. Continuity is incredibly important when it comes to student innovation and student-led projects, and Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures’ FastForward U has implemented a plan to deal with the fallout as seamlessly as possible.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with Kerrie Carden, FastForward U’s Director of Student Ventures, for this insightful one-hour distance learning event: How Johns Hopkins Maintains Support for Student Entrepreneurs During the Shutdown: A Case Study Webinar, scheduled for June 30.

Ms. Carden will offer insight into how to serve this particular population during the shutdown  by utilizing a variety of key resources, tools and approaches. Click here for complete details and to register.

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IP Portfolio Management for University Technology Transfer Offices: Assessing, Identifying, and Nurturing the Winners


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 3rd, 2020

Effectively triaging and prioritizing your IP assets is one of your most critical tasks. You need expert strategies designed to get more files handled, thin the herd, and focus your resources on inventions with real commercial potential. That’s why Tech Transfer Central created the six-session distance learning collection IP Portfolio Management for University Technology Transfer Offices: Assessing, Identifying, and Nurturing the Winners.

This resource contains over six hours of practical, immediately useful, how-to advice for improving your assessment process and applying your limited resources to the technologies with the most potential. You’ll learn from top IP professionals, attorneys and consultants as they provide you with practical guidance on your portfolio management challenges. These six recorded programs come in three formats — online video, transcript, and DVD — so you can share them with your entire staff at your convenience in any format.

The six programs included in this outstanding collection are:

  • Best Practices for Performing Provisional Patent Conversion Evaluations.
  • IP Audit Checklist: Best Practices to Identify, Protect, Monetize and Enforce University IP Assets.
  • Tech Launch Arizona’s Asset Development Program: A Case Study Webinar.
  • The “Need to Knowledge” Stage Gate Model for Objective Assessment and Efficient Advancement of University Innovations.
  • Using Customer Discovery Techniques to Validate Your University IP’s Commercial Viability.
  • Successful Transition of University IP From Discovery to Market: Case Study of the Johns Hopkins D2M Project.

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Planning and Assessment for Safely Re-Opening On-Campus Tech Transfer Office Operations


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 27th, 2020

The transition to off-campus, remote working environments came swiftly and without the luxury of much advanced planning for many TTOs. 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 faces 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 universities, 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. For complete program and faculty details and to register, click here.

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Three webinars this month address COVID-19 challenges for TTOs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 29th, 2020

Tech Transfer Central has scheduled three important webinars for the coming month, each addressing a different set of challenges being faced by TTOs and other research commercialization offices as they adjust to life in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on any of the titles below for complete details and registration info. 

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Proven Strategies for Reducing TTO Patent Expenses without Sacrificing Quality


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 29th, 2020

Your TTO’s patent budget is a major line item, and probably the single biggest area where your office can save significant dollars as budget cuts and freezes take hold during the pandemic. The technologies you file on, the foreign filing decisions you make, the attorney fees you negotiate, and the firms you use are just some of the key factors that play into whether you spend wisely.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has created a collection of distance learning programs that target key areas within your patent budget that should be redlined for cost and quality reviews. Each program is led by experts in the field and offer strategic takeaways you can implement immediately. The three-program collection includes:

  • How University TTOs Can Slash Patent Expenses While Improving Patent Quality: Learn real-world lessons directly from the hard-fought cost reductions won by Hamid R. Piroozi, JD, an experienced patent attorney who now serves as the associate director in charge of legal affairs for Purdue’s Office of Technology Commercialization.
  • Best Practices for Cost-Effective Filing of PCT and EPO Patent Applications: While foreign patent applications can certainly be handled stateside, many law firms farm out the work to German firms. You can save thousands by cutting out the middle man, while securing high quality international patent protection. This crucial webinar will teach you how.
  • Maximize Your TTO’s Patent Budget through Effective Use of Patent Counsel: There are dozens of specific ways for you to stretch your budget and get more patents filed for less than you currently spend. This program will feature how-to advice that specifically focuses on the needs and concerns of TTOs. You’ll come away with creative strategies for immediate bottom-line benefits, significantly reducing your legal bills while improving the number and overall quality of your patent filings.

For complete details on this cost-cutting collection and to order, click here.

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Fast-Tracking IP Licenses for COVID-Related Innovations: Critical Points of Consideration for University TTOs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 22nd, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic started and life as we knew it began to shut down, university researchers stepped up to the plate and began to hunt for solutions to PPE supply shortages, rapid testing devices, vaccines, and therapeutics. With that came an onslaught of disclosures and innovations requiring a different approach to licensing given the immediate and urgent needs of our local, regional, and national communities.

To meet the challenge or rapid commercialization, technology transfer offices and their counsel have developed a variety of “fast-tracked” licenses aimed at advancing technology swiftly to the marketplace while maintaining a long-term commitment to IP protection.

To help you navigate the new and unfamiliar realities of licensing critically needed innovations in the compressed timelines demanded by the pandemic, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with esteemed attorney Michelle Rosenberg from the law firm Patent GC and Professor Jorge L. Contreras of the University of Utah College of Law for this urgent webinar: Fast-Tracking IP Licenses for COVID-Related Innovations: Critical Points of Consideration for University TTOs.

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Data Licensing and Privacy Protection Workshop for University TTOs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 22nd, 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, sublicensing, how royalties are distributed, and more, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division recently hosted two data licensing and privacy experts to lead this critical distance learning program: Data Licensing and Privacy Protection Workshop for University TTOs.

The program, complete with all slides, is available as an on-demand video with print transcript, or on DVD. It can be viewed at home and shared with all staff within an organization. For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

Expert launches website for contracting, privacy, and global R&D collaborations

Washington, DC, attorney, privacy advisor, and CUNY Adjunct Associate Professor James Casey – who served as one of the faculty for Data Licensing and Privacy Protection Workshop for University TTOs, recently launched a website at  www.caseyprivacycontracting.com. His career includes over 20 years of working in the government-university-industry interface. He is happy to discuss your organization's contracts, privacy, and global R&D collaboration needs. Please feel free to reach out to him at jcasey@caseyprivacycontracting.com.

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Leveraging the Federal and State R&D Tax Credit: What University Start-Ups Need To Know


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 15th, 2020

Did you know many university start-ups can offset their research and development expenses each year by leveraging federal and state R&D Tax Credits? The R&D Tax Credit is available for companies engaged in the development of new or improved products and processes. A recent program expansion includes new benefits for eligible start-ups to receive up to $250,000 per year for five years towards payroll taxes. This provision is particularly helpful for tech and life science start-ups with engineers, scientists, and developers on staff.

First enacted in 1981, the R&D Tax Credit is now permanent and expanded with new provisions that enable more companies to monetize the credit.  In addition to the federal program, many states, like New York, have their own R&D Tax Credit programs. 

Here’s a great opportunity to learn everything you need to know about this program. Please join Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division on May 13th when we host Andrea Albanese, Manager with R&D Tax Savers, for this insightful one-hour webinar: Leveraging the Federal and State R&D Tax Credit: What University Start-Ups Need To Know. This session will cover the details behind the R&D Tax Credit, including how to apply it to your start-ups. Click here for more details or to register.

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The Complete Start-Up Boot Camp for University TTOs – a resource for at-home training and education of faculty, staff, and students


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 15th, 2020

The shutdown related to the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t mean you have to stop educating faculty, staff, and students on the challenges associated with launching and successfully managing university start-ups. Tech Transfer Central has created a distance learning resource that’s inexpensive, comprehensive, and can be accessed by your staff and faculty wherever and whenever it’s needed.

The Complete Start-Up Boot Camp for University TTOs is the perfect resource to take inventors and your staff step-by-step through the venture creation process from launch to exit – all from home. This 22-session distance learning series — in three outstanding volumes led by a world-class roster of academic start-up experts — contains over 25 hours of detailed guidance and advice. Each program will provide the detailed training and strategies your faculty, students, and staff need to more effectively launch and manage start-ups, as well as foster a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem to support them. Click here for complete details.

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