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Technology Transfer Tactics, June 2020 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, June 2020 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the June 2020 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 14, No. 6, June 2020

  • Virtual engagement enables TTOs to scale up outreach and augment ecosystem. Recent innovations in virtual engagement have begun to offer TTOs a more enriched world of options for not only fulfilling but expanding their missions, and the need to respond quickly to the dramatic changes brought on by COVID-19 have both sharpened that focus and proven their worth, according to a panel of experts at a recent webinar, “Virtual Engagement Strategies for TTOs: Scaling Up Online Connectivity Now and Building Future Resiliency,” hosted by TTT.
  • Amid various stages of reopening across the country, TTOs plan for next steps. When shelter-in-place restrictions and social distancing began across the country in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, university technology transfer offices focused on making sure they could maintain operations remotely. Now that states and universities have begun the staged lifting of prohibitions, the focus for TTOs is on what comes next.
  • TTOs adjusting to shrinking budgets and hiring freezes. Throughout the country, universities are cutting budgets, resulting in hiring freezes, furloughs, and stalled plans for expansion. TTOs are tightening their belts, but so far, they are experiencing more of a bump in the road than a full-blown train wreck. Long-term, it appears that university mission-based goals will remain intact.
  • Leverage your TTO’s database to create impactful technology marketing reports. Industry-specific feedback on early stage technologies is critical to technology transfer offices in informing patenting strategy, providing feedback to inventors, and nominating technologies for further de-risking. Many offices recognize the value of this information and have formed marketing teams and internship programs specifically tasked with sourcing industry feedback.
  • Equity crowdfunding may be tempting for university start-ups as investments dry up. With venture capitalists less approachable during the pandemic shutdown, TTOs are looking for investment alternatives for university start-ups and some are wondering if equity crowdfunding is a good option. It can be, the experts say, but tread carefully and consider the potential downsides.

Posted June 16th, 2020

Technology Transfer Tactics, May 2020 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, May 2020 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the May 2020 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 14, No. 5, May 2020

  • TTOs are stepping up to meet the COVID-19 challenge. It will most likely take a village to combat COVID-19. If that’s the case, technology transfer offices around the nation have pitched a giant tent right in the town square. We spoke to many people in TTOs who are going above and beyond to do whatever is possible to help. Here are a few examples.
  • With start-up investments scarce in COVID times, find ways to pivot. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the prospects and bottom line of university start-ups as they find investments difficult to come by and their usual work coming to a halt with the rest of the economy. Some are pivoting to other work in the meantime, but the effects of the pandemic are likely to hurt many start-ups for months, if not longer.
  • Are zombie start-ups haunting your TTO? Are university TTOs essentially gaming the system when they dutifully report each year on the number of start-ups they have nurtured? That seems to be the suggestion of a provocative new analysis by professors at Brigham Young University (BYU) and Utah Valley University.
  • Oregon universities band together to set the rules for co-owned IP. Five Oregon research universities — Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon State University in Corvallis, Portland State University, and the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls — have launched a collaborative model to boost innovation via a series of three agreements that clarify ownership of intellectual property derived from inter-university collaborative research projects, as well as inter-university employment. The goal is to reduce cost barriers and other blockages that can stymie collaborative research.
  • U Chicago TTO has attorney on loan from law firm. The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago is enjoying an unusual relationship with a law firm that allows it to have an intellectual property attorney on site full time, devoting all her attention to tech transfer. The unique arrangement means the attorney can aid directly with patent prosecution and implementing new procedures and contracts, while also giving the university favored status with the law firm.

Posted May 14th, 2020

Technology Transfer Tactics, April 2020 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, April 2020 Issue

The following is a list of the articles that appear in the April 2020 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. Due to the urgent nature of the coronavirus pandemic and our extensive coverage of how TTOs are addressing COVID-related challenges, we are opening up this issue for free to all.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 14, No. 4, April 2020

Special Report: Tech transfer and the COVID-19 pandemic. This issue’s first three articles address some of the urgent challenges and profound changes TTOs are facing — and adapting to — as the coronavirus pandemic and the associated shutdown of university offices and labs continues. Technology Transfer Tactics has designated Direct Relief (www.directrelief.org) as its charity of choice for those wishing to assist healthcare workers with needed supplies. For more information see the drawing on page 63, which was kindly donated for reproduction by Italian artist Sara Paglia.)

  • TTOs respond to urgent pandemic needs with ‘war time’ licensing. When a scientist at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) in Ohio developed software that detects the COVID-19 virus in seconds using an X-ray, the tech transfer leaders knew they couldn’t wait the usual months or years to get it to market. Instead, they had it licensed in two and a half days and on the market in just seven.
  • Coronavirus brings challenges and changes to TTO operations. University researchers and tech transfer leaders have pivoted to prioritize research related to COVID-19, with streamlined licensing and pledges to make technology available free of charge during a time of crisis.
  • TTOs adapt to remote work but still learning on the fly. Leading TTOs from across the country shared their experiences in the COVID-19 crisis during the recent free webinar “Managing TTO Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Planning for Future Disruptions.”
  • Take step to avoid patent-killing ‘pre-print’ disclosures. In the academic world, where publishing is paramount to tenure and career advancement, there is always the risk that a public disclosure will eliminate the innovator’s — and their university’s — ability to protect an invention.
  • U Cincinnati opens its pre-accelerator program to other institutions. The University of Cincinnati has opened its pre-accelerator, Venture Lab, to not only start-ups formed out of UC, but also those from Wright State University, Xavier University, the University of Dayton and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Posted April 16th, 2020

Technology Transfer Tactics, March 2020 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, March 2020 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the March 2020 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 14, No. 3, March 2020

  • Are universities doing enough to ensure global access to their innovations? Over the years there has been considerable discussion about the need for universities to ensure their innovations make it into the hands of disadvantaged populations. Indeed, point nine in AUTM’s much heralded In the Public Interest: Nine Points to Consider in Licensing University Technology states “universities should consider including provisions that address unmet needs, such as those of neglected patient populations or geographic areas.”
  • Cornell program offers on-ramp for women entrepreneurs. The number of women and minorities pursuing STEM fields at Cornell University has surpassed the national average and is still growing. That good news is muted somewhat, however, by the fact that the number of Cornell women in STEM who hold patents and participate in entrepreneurial programs lags well behind Cornell men.
  • Turning foreign students into start-up founders: A trip that requires a savvy guide. Universities, research parks, and society at large benefit enormously from the innovative minds that come to America from around the world, but only if our immigration system doesn’t slam the door in their faces.
  • Case Western finds CES to be a goldmine for promoting start-ups. TTOs and other university departments devoted to commercialization and growth for their start-ups have often found benefit from networking at industry conferences and exhibitions — a strategy that may be paused during the coronavirus pandemic but will return as a key marketing strategy. And it’s unlikely that many schools have had as much success as the LaunchNet program at Case Western Reserve University has had at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
  • UW creates Innovation Roundtable to help guide ecosystem development. The University of Washington (UW) has tapped a high-powered group of community leaders, investors and entrepreneurs to the UW Innovation Roundtable, which held its first meeting in January. The panel was formed to bring the perspective, expertise, and assistance of a broad range of key stakeholders to help grow the region’s innovation ecosystem and help guide commercialization, economic development, and partnership initiatives in concert with university leadership.

Posted March 17th, 2020

Technology Transfer Tactics, February 2020 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, February 2020 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the February 2020 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 14, No. 2, February 2020

  • Foreign courts may offer cheaper, faster alternative in patent infringement litigation. As anyone who has experienced it knows, engaging in a patent infringement fight in the U.S. is a serious undertaking. It’s expensive, time consuming, and can distract an organization from its core business. But when a valuable invention is being challenged, there are only a few routes a university can take. Litigation is one of the roughest, but there are ways to reduce the pain and even gain leverage over more well-heeled adversaries — and it may involve foreign jurisdictions.
  • Legal Consult: Universities should consider ITC for IP protection. In an era of globalized supply chains, products incorporating university IP are frequently made abroad in jurisdictions where IP protection is unavailable or ineffective. That’s among the reasons that, in their enforcement efforts, universities and other research institutions should not overlook a powerfully effective venue: the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
  • Gateway to IP program seeds patent know-how in students, cuts legal costs. Wichita State University in Kansas aims to promote its IP as much as any other major university, but it faces a challenge that many others don’t: There are hardly any registered patent practitioners in Wichita, compared to more than 50 in nearby Omaha or Tulsa.
  • To optimize social media, differentiate between branding and tech marketing. Social media can be used effectively both to enhance brand-building and to spread your tech marketing messages. However, cautioned two experts in the field, it’s important for you to understand the difference between the two in making optimal use of your social media tools.
  • Innovation@UCalgary provides holistic, integrated support for inventors. It takes an inventor with an entrepreneurial mindset to come up with ideas that benefit society. But it also takes a team of technical people, legal advisors, investors, marketing specialists, and more, to deliver the inventor’s idea.
  • FounderHunt pitching event seeks to pair entrepreneurs with new technologies. Kind of like a university ‘Shark Tank,’ FounderHunt is a start-up pitch event — just in reverse. A new University of Louisville (UofL) program, FounderHunt is in an annual event pitching IP from research universities to entrepreneurs to use for their next start-up.

Posted February 14th, 2020

Technology Transfer Tactics, January 2020 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, January 2020 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the January 2020 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 14, No. 1, January 2020

  • Oxford U’s unique model brings student power to bear on languishing IP assets. Tech transfer programs usually have a portfolio of commercialization projects that are in that iffy zone: They do have potential but they are not the obvious choice for a spinout with a high likelihood of success. They also are not right for repeat non-exclusive licensing to companies, and they don’t have a ready-made home with a company where the inventor has a longstanding relationship.
  • TTO New Year’s resolutions: Here’s what your colleagues are focusing on in 2020. From more diversity and inclusion to improving inventor education and staff support, TTOs have a slew of New Year’s resolutions to tackle in 2020. TTT spoke with tech transfer execs across the country to get a flavor for what they see as their biggest challenges and priorities for the coming year.
  • Law firm sued over missed publication date, potentially costing a school millions. When it comes to patenting new inventions, the publication date is critical one because it starts a one-year clock for filing a patent application. But in the digital world, what constitutes a publication date may get confused, particularly for those who’ve long assumed the meaning to be associated with a print publication.
  • Consistency, standardization are keys to solidifying your TTO’s data integrity. It takes a good deal of time to plan properly when implementing a new database (or cleaning up an existing one) and instituting processes that will lead to greater data integrity. However, failure to do so will take even more time and will ultimately cost more money.
  • WVU’s Vantage Ventures helps start-ups overcome hurdles. A new initiative at West Virginia University (WVU) is described as “the finishing piece of the puzzle” for university start-up support in the state. The program — Vantage Ventures — is the latest addition to a series of developments by the university to enhance the state’s business environment.
  • ‘Accelerator’ classes teach entrepreneurial mindset with an academic focus. Are there necessary skills that all professionals need, whether they work in business, public service, science, education, medicine, or anything else? Some would suggest that entrepreneurial thinking is critical across all professions. Entrepreneurial thinking encompasses the concepts of problem-solving and solutions validation, risk mitigation, and managing failure. The need for these skills explains why entrepreneurship has become a popular curriculum at the undergraduate level.

Posted January 16th, 2020

Technology Transfer Tactics, December 2019 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, December 2019 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the December 2019 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 13, No. 11, December 2019

  • A new push to recognize innovation activities in promotion and tenure. Technology transfer professionals have long lamented how difficult it is to coax promising young researchers — even those with entrepreneurial aspirations — into actually engaging in commercialization activities until they have achieved tenure. The issue is highlighted at technical meetings and academic conferences year after year, but not much seems to change in the minds of many observers. Why is that?
  • TTOs introduce awards programs to recognize outstanding staff. Employee morale may be difficult to quantify, but nonetheless several TTOs have instituted awards programs whose main rationale is to let outstanding staff members know that their work has been noticed and appreciated.
  • ‘Double Down Experiment’ seeks to help Purdue start-ups scale up. The Purdue Foundry has completed the selection of the first cohort for its Double Down Experiment — nine businesses they’d helped launch that are now ready “to reach the next level” of their development.
  • Leveraging data in healthcare innovations while protecting patient privacy. Collection and analysis of aggregated patient data is both a source of disease-fighting discoveries — new procedures, methods and products — and a potential source of revenue for universities and their health systems, who are increasingly using data in a host of new technologies.
  • Equalize 2020: Symposium and pitch competition seeks to empower women innovators. A little over a year ago, Nichole Mercier, assistant vice chancellor and managing director of the Office of Technology Management at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU), got a call from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The association wanted to nominate WashU’s Women in Innovation & Technology program for their “Innovations in Research and Research Education Award.” Mercier was flattered and honored and put together a package for them to consider. In doing so, she reached out to women who had gone through the program — and what she heard was disheartening.

Posted December 12th, 2019

Technology Transfer Tactics, November 2019 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, November 2019 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the November 2019 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 13, No. 11, November 2019

  • Take steps to soften the inevitable dilution of start-up equity. Universities often are eager to invest in their promising start-ups, getting in on the ground floor of what they hope will be financial success for everyone. But in so many cases, the university feels like they’re left out of the party when the company hits it big.
  • Indiana U’s new Alumni Angel Network adds arrow to its funding quiver. For many universities, fundraising is the primary focus of their relationship with their alumni. However, some universities are offering alums a different way of engaging with their alma maters: alums who qualify as angel investors can invest in university start-ups.
  • Research Bridge Partners looks to level the playing field for mid-continent universities. Did you know that over the past five years, 75% of federal research funding has gone to institutions outside of California, Massachusetts and New York, while nearly 80% of venture investment went to companies located in those three states? Research Bridge Partners is working hard to change that.
  • UCSD launches new innovation portal driven by user feedback. At a large university, students with entrepreneurial ambitions may face a myriad of choices when it comes to resources. Faculty and staff, alumni, and other stakeholders in the ecosystem have similar challenges. Helping them explore more easily through their options and arrive more quickly at the resource they seek is one of the overriding goals of the new Innovation Portal at the University of California-San Diego.
  • U Buffalo students BLAST their way to an invention and start-up in five days. Your mission, if you choose to accept it: Work with a multidisciplinary team to create a solution to a major surgical complication and start a business around the idea.
  • WPI: The tiny tech transfer office that could. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a “tiny tech transfer office,” is hitting it out of the ballpark. With a research budget of just $32 million, the TTO brought in 67 invention disclosures in 2018, a threefold increase since 2012.
  • School mascot stars in Auburn TTO’s patent process video. The Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization at Auburn University recently came up with a novel way to explain the patent process to faculty and students.

Posted November 14th, 2019

Technology Transfer Tactics, October 2019 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, October 2019 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the October 2019 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 13, No. 10, October 2019

  • Ohio IP Promise aims to boost tech transfer, end the exodus of high-tech talent. Frustrated that too many businesses, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and potential research partners have been looking elsewhere for opportunities in the high-tech arena, the state of Ohio, along with its 14 public and two private universities in the region, has announced an initiative aimed at showcasing to the world that the state is open for business.
  • Don’t lose your university’s IP to faculty “consulting time.” It’s the response that tech transfer leaders never want to hear when approaching a faculty member about intriguing new intellectual property: “Oh, I did that as part of my consulting work for a company. It wasn’t done on university time.”
  • Guest Column: Beware of employee equity, the credit cards of the venture community. When hiring venture executives and employees in the early stages of a university start-up, the buzz centers around equity. For successful ventures, these equity rights, often issued when the equity is worth pennies a share, hold the potential of delivering great wealth to those fortunate enough to receive them. However, there is an often ignored drawback to equity compensation.
  • ‘Executives into Business’ program offers pay linked to key milestones. Northern Accelerator — an innovative partnership among a network of UK universities in England’s North East — Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland — is driving a step-change in research commercialization. Connecting academics and business leaders and providing funding and business support, it’s accelerating the translation of outstanding research into commercial opportunities, forming sustainable businesses and creating more and better jobs.
  • Does your university need an innovation czar? Universities have been focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship for many years, forming complex research partnerships with major corporations, building incubators and accelerators, hosting an array of competitions, launching and funding start-ups, and encouraging researchers to focus on the commercial potential of their work. On top of all this, some schools are trying to unify these efforts and reach an even higher level by creating new academic leadership positions.

Posted October 11th, 2019

Technology Transfer Tactics, September 2019 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, September 2019 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the September 2019 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 13, No. 9, September 2019

  • UC light bulb case may signal more aggressive infringement defense by schools. Those vintage-looking light bulbs that hang in so many trendy bars and restaurants are the subject of a massive lawsuit campaign in which the University of California (UC) system is taking on some of the world’s biggest retailers.
  • Policy alone can’t resolve complications that arise in royalty distribution. It’s tempting to think that in most instances when a patent is issued and then licensed, the royalty situation is fairly straightforward, and that the royalty sharing policy will be adequate to cover any issues that might arise. But that’s rarely the case, states Chris Harris, PhD, director of licensing for Vanderbilt University. “It’s the rarity when something goes by the books,” he says. “This is a complicated topic — much more complicated than most people acknowledge. How you address the complexity depends on many factors that are not often detailed in a policy.”
  • TTOs leverage social media to create their own buzz. Brian Shedd, the director of licensing in the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Houston (UH), is intrigued by the potential of social media to quickly spread the word about UH technologies, but in seeking guidance from social media veterans, he has come to the realization that some of his early assumptions on how to best jump into the social media space were a bit off.
  • Fellows programs bring extra hands and new blood to TTOs. Technology transfer office-based fellowship programs — typically aimed at training postdocs to learn the ins and outs of research commercialization — can create a win-win situation for the host offices and for PhD students. The offices increase their manpower at lower cost, while PhD students gain exposure to non-academic career paths. These programs, according to those who run them, also enhance the education and research missions of their universities by providing training for graduate students for non-academic careers and increasing the university’s capacity for moving innovation out of the labs into service to society.

Posted September 9th, 2019

Technology Transfer Tactics, August 2019 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, August 2019 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the August 2019 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue. Not a subscriber already? Subscribe now and get access to this issue as well as access to our online archive of back issues, industry research reports, sample MTAs, legal opinions, sample forms and contracts, government documents and more!

Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 13, No. 8, August 2019

  • Court ruling undermines sovereign immunity, puts university patents at risk. State universities are now in a weaker position when protecting patents from inter partes review (IPR) petitions, after the Federal Circuit court ruled that sovereign immunity does not apply in patent challenges. The ruling could require some universities to reassess their patent enforcement strategies and brace for significantly higher costs from increased IPRs.
  • NYU’s Future Labs blazes path for scalable start-ups and exits-by-acquisition. New York University’s Future Labs has been churning out one start-up after another, and it just crossed the threshold of 20 exits via acquisition – an astounding record of financial success that many TTOs would like to emulate. So how do they do it? The answer involves carefully selecting start-ups to back with the greatest chance for success and monitoring their progress carefully. It also helps that the incubator’s main goal is not to cultivate IP from NYU.
  • Commercialization fellowships help get more innovations off the shelf. Many good ideas are born in university labs. However, the road from an idea to commercialization is fraught with many pitfalls. In some cases, a valuable idea may languish in a lab for lack of an available entrepreneurial scientist to take it further. To help overcome that gap, a number of universities are creating commercialization fellowship programs.
  • Legal Consult: UK court decision highlights need for U.S. patent reform. A recent UK court ruling that a European patent on a groundbreaking invention is valid and infringed contrasts with a U.S. court invalidating a similar patent as not patent eligible. This disconnect between jurisdictions highlights the importance of current efforts to fix U.S. patent law.
  • UGA launches digital images and artwork licensing program. Patented and patentable technologies may “rule the roost” in tech transfer, but that doesn’t mean universities are ignoring other creative forms of innovation that may be desirable to licensees and could represent potential new revenues — not to mention the chance to get more faculty involved in commercialization activity.
  • Should your TTO have its own dedicated grant writer? Usually, grant writers are situated in a sponsored research office. But at Indiana University the Innovation & Commercialization Office, the school’s TTO, has a grant writer of its own.

Posted August 15th, 2019

Technology Transfer Tactics, July 2019 Issue


Technology Transfer Tactics, July 2019 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the July 2019 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue. Not a subscriber already? Subscribe now and get access to this issue as well as access to our online archive of back issues, industry research reports, sample MTAs, legal opinions, sample forms and contracts, government documents and more!

Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 13, No. 7, July 2019

  • As innovation-focused competitions flourish on campus, best practices emerge. The tide of competitions focused on innovation and entrepreneurship being sponsored by universities worldwide is nearing flood stage. Business plan competitions, student start-up contests, faculty pitch fests, and Shark Tank style events have become a regular part of campus life. But are they worthwhile, and if so how do you wring the greatest value from them? After all, staging an effective competition on campus requires considerable time, effort and resources, so why go to the trouble when there are so many other priorities?
  • Rutgers team outlines the “Do’s and Don’ts” for faculty pitching to investors. Triggered by a specific event, a team of commercialization experts at Rutgers University set out to fill what they considered to be a significant void in teaching tools for faculty inventors who are about to make their pitch to potential investors.
  • U of AZ’s Asset Development program helps innovations bypass the ‘Valley of Death.’ Good inventions run on their own timeclock. Sometimes, a grant runs out and a funding source is not interested in continuing to invest in the research. In other cases, funding is not available because the project is outside of the grant’s scope of basic scientific discovery. There are almost as many ways to run out of money as there are ideas to develop. In most cases where the funding tap runs dry, the invention is not developed enough gain interest from licensees — a gap in funding now being filled by the U of Arizona’s asset development program.
  • Case Study Spotlight: Culture of patient-centric innovation at Mount Sinai. With 40 full-time employees, Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP) at the Mount Sinai Health System is one of the larger commercialization offices. Last year, the office engaged with 717 inventors and handled 128 disclosures and 209 patent filings. Behind those numbers are a bevy of programs and strategies that make MSIP an organization to watch and model. TTT spoke with leaders there to get an inside look at key tactics that drive their results, as well as the guiding principles that underlie their successes.
  • Memorial U adopts creator-owned IP policy. Deciding that loosening the grip on IP rights may yield more commercialization in the long run, Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, has revised its IP policy to make dealing with the university easier. In fact, the university is giving up its stake in much of the IP developed by students and faculty.

Posted July 15th, 2019