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Case Study of the Ohio State University’s Technology Commercialization Office Risk Analysis Tool

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: Thursday, June 2, 2022
Price: $197
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Risk is something tech transfer professionals live with every day – compliance risk, COI risk, legal risk, underfunding and understaffing risks, infringement risk, start-up failure risk, licensee noncompliance risk, and many others – some easily defined and others that might not be obvious but can still have a negative impact on your TTO’s performance and results.

The key to managing and mitigating these risks is to identify, track, and measure progress toward resolving them while ensuring they are communicated transparently to both staff and administration, making the entire team accountable in an open, non-threatening, and systematic way.

That’s exactly what The Ohio State University TCO has done, creating a risk analysis tool that has proved itself to be a critical aid in the office’s operation and management. Now OSU leadership is ready to share the risk tracking and mitigation system in this detailed webinar:

Technology Commercialization Office Risk Analysis Tool

Adapting the structured risk analysis and management framework now in use at OSU can help your own TTO improve operational effectiveness, while aligning resources to address and mitigate risks associated with commercializing valuable IP.

You’ll learn the details of the tool’s scoring and risk prioritization system, how risks are identified, categorized, and tracked, how mitigation efforts can impact risk scores, and how the risk analysis – and its communication throughout the TTO and beyond – brings a community effort to bear on critical problems and solutions.  

Join Keven Taylor, Associate VP of Technology Commercialization, and Donald Taylor, PhD, MBA, CLP, Executive Director of Licensing, for this informative case study-style program. They‘ll discuss:   

  • What risks to consider within a TTO
  • Who is responsible for managing and communicating risks
  • Why risk analysis and management are important
  • How to measure and manage risk
  • Details of the OSU scoring system
  • When to communicate risk to senior leadership
  • How to create a community of accountable leaders to address risk
  • How to identify typical TTO risks
  • Assembling a multidisciplinary team to identify and measure risk

Meet the panel: 

Kevin TaylorKevin Taylor

Kevin Taylor serves as Associate Vice President of Technology Commercialization in The Ohio State University’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development. In this role, he leads the university’s technology commercialization office which works with researchers across the university to translate their innovations into commercial opportunities that will positively impact people’s lives.

Mr. Taylor’s career has spanned all aspects of commercialization from discovery and innovation through new company formation, launch, and global P&L management. He has a diverse background across healthcare, engineering and national security applications and is passionate about transforming innovations into meaningful products and services. Most recently, Taylor was Vice President for Healthcare at Beyond Limits, a growth-stage artificial intelligence company based on technology licensed out of Caltech.

Prior to that, Mr. Taylor was Vice President of Global Market Development at Cardinal Health, where he led upstream marketing and global product management for the company’s medical products portfolio, driving the commercialization strategy for 7,000 products sold in 35 countries. Taylor started his career as a research scientist at Battelle, where his responsibilities grew from applied research and development to include R&D management, patent portfolio management, licensing, business development, and sales and marketing. He also worked in venture capital, managing a portfolio of pre-revenue, early-stage investments in technology companies.

Mr. Taylor is a proud Buckeye, earning his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering at Ohio State. He also earned his Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management with Distinction from the University of Sussex (England). He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), a patent holder and a recipient of two R&D 100 Awards.

Donald P TaylorDonald P. Taylor, PhD, MBA, CLP

Donald P. Taylor, PhD, MBA, CLP serves as the Executive Director of Licensing for The Ohio State University in the Technology Commercialization Office, where he is part of a team working to commercialize university technology. This involves strategic intellectual property assessment, filing, and conducting licensing deals. Prior to Ohio State, Dr. Taylor served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Commercialization in the Health Sciences, Executive Director of sciVelo, and an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). He was responsible for commercialization of technologies from the six Pitt Health Sciences schools (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental Medicine, Public Health, and Health & Rehabilitation). 

Prior to his academic commercialization career, Dr. Taylor spent more than 15 years in the biotechnology startup sector in roles including Founder, Co-founder, Board Chairman, CEO, and Vice President across six life sciences companies — all of which have been acquired by companies including Hospira and IBM. Dr. Taylor holds a B.S. in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Pitt, an MBA from Pitt, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology.

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