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The Tech Transfer Book of Best Practices

The Tech Transfer Book of Best PracticesThis must-have 729-page resource is chock-full of how-to strategies and case studies covering the most critical challenges facing tech transfer professionals.

The book of best practices is compiled from our world-leading newsletters and offers the most cost-effective way to zero in on every key area impacting your TTO. With this comprehensive report you’ll boost your program’s results with unprecedented access to proven best practices implemented by the world’s top TTOs.  

The Tech Transfer Book of Best Practices is packed with over 190 detailed articles filled with tips, tactics, ideas, expert guidance, and nuts-and-bolts solutions in 14 critical technology transfer areas.

Here is just a small portion of the many best practice articles you’ll find in this one-of-a-kind resource:


  • Columbia adopts AI-based machine learning model for technology marketing
  • Pitt TTO takes business-like approach with surveys to improve customer engagement
  • NYU entrepreneurship program using podcasts to promote start-ups


  • Ace the customer discovery process for the best shot at start-up success
  • LLCs can be smart for university start-ups, but only if you know the risks
  • ‘Founders Pie Calculator’ offers a more nuanced way to determine equity shares

Faculty Outreach and Education

  • Clinician entrepreneurs present distinct challenges but big opportunities for TTOs
  • WSU spreads innovation culture with a dramatic shift in program focus
  • “Commercialization Guide” makes an impact as outreach tool for Penn

Operations and Staffing

  • Not resting on its laurels, MIT beefs up tech transfer efforts
  • UNeMed took the data bull by the horns and created its own customized solution
  • Maximize collisions and minimize friction for best TTO performance

Portfolio Management, Assessment, and Triage

  • Apply a systems approach to prioritize technologies and improve time management
  • TTOs assess many factors to make decisions on PCT conversion
  • TTO adopts new strategy based on ‘technology scoping and venture packaging’


  • Analysis of survey data makes the case for a metrics revamp
  • With start-ups given more weight, TTOs look for new ways to gauge performance
  • As their mission expands, TTOs adopt new metrics to showcase a broader view of contributions

Student Entrepreneurship

  • U Queensland’s new ‘chief student entrepreneur’ helps spread the word
  • Discovery-based learning for undergrads feeds more campus innovation
  • NC State’s “IP Free Zones” help define policy, attract student innovators

Contracting and Licensing

  • TTOs eliminate barriers, expedite the licensing process for start-ups
  • NMSU offers ‘research-only’ license to stimulate more start-ups
  • Easy Access IP model still gaining users as option in TTO licensing toolkit


  • Venture search funds floated as way to tap endowments, attract start-up talent
  • Microgrant programs: ‘Small’ amounts of support can have a large impact
  • Hopkins collaborates with investment firm to de-risk early-stage therapeutics


  • U Toronto center partners with Chinese firm to give start-ups ‘soft landing’
  • Creative solutions found for improving reporting between IIA participants
  • Indiana schools will bundle their IP in licensing deal with research institute

Policies and Procedures

  • Faculty-friendly IP policy nurtures innovation, attracts industry sponsors
  • UNH addresses student IP with policy, targeted agreements, communication
  • What is the “right” royalty share for faculty inventors?

Patents and Legal Issues

  • Fully leverage licensing, faculty resources to pick up on potential infringement
  • TTOs standing ground on infringement, more willing to sue
  • UPenn lawsuit shows need for keeping close watch on licensees

Economic Development

  • APLU report: TTOs urged to put economic development front and center
  • Tech Navigator program helps guide New Mexico entrepreneurs
  • “Vortex” universities thrive on retaining talent to build innovation ecosystem

Industry Engagement

  • New venture fund model at Georgia Tech boasts major corporate investors
  • UK universities band together to drive innovations and attract industry
  • How industry-sponsored research can dovetail with funding for faculty start-ups

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  • Silicon Valley event opens doors for U of Arizona research
  • Easy Access IP model still gaining users as option in TTO licensing toolkit
  • Imperial College establishes two tiers of support for academic inventors
  • U of Arkansas goes where the money is for funding — to the Athletics Department
  • Making lemonade out of lemons: Communicating unwelcome news to scientists
  • TTOs looking to deal directly with patent annuity management firms
  • Indiana U partners with nearby engineering school to make prototypes
  • Report recommends including tech transfer work in P&T decisions
  • Do you practice what you preach on patent prosecution?
  • Harvard’s proactive PR in justifying patent litigation called best practice for tech transfer
  • TTO’s focus on service, business metrics wins over faculty and boosts commercialization output
  • More TTOs work with non-university IP to spur regional economic development
  • Student-led innovation center boosts start-ups, provides real-world experience
  • Industry-sponsored research deals getting more attention, coming in more varieties

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