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Case Study of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships for a Stronger Innovation Ecosystem


By David Schwartz
Published: April 13th, 2021

Kentucky Commercialization Ventures supports all of Kentucky’s 22 regional universities and community and technical colleges through education, research, commercialization and workforce development. By providing statewide support, KCV is opening doors to opportunities not previously available in the traditional siloed tech transfer approach.

This public-private initiative has been recognized across the nation for its innovative approach to increasing access and participation in commercialization, promoting regional innovation hubs, and moving inventions through the commercialization pipeline. KCV was recently recognized with a Lab-to-Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for its visionary work to improve access to commercialization and innovation pathways statewide.

It’s a unique and successful model every university and innovation stakeholder can learn from, and that’s why Tech Transfer Central has scheduled this distance learning event: Case Study of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships for a Stronger Innovation Ecosystem.

Join us on May 12th when Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman, MBA, Executive Director of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures, describes in detail the KCV partnership process that is producing significant gains in economic and workforce development while nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation activity statewide.

For complete details and to register, click here.

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Effective Models of University-Industry Engagement: Case Studies in Success


By David Schwartz
Published: April 13th, 2021

As part of its mission to support holistic industry engagement and assist universities in attracting more corporate partners, University-Industry Engagement Advisor has produced a distance learning collection featuring four leading universities that have used innovative strategies and proven programs to achieve robust relationships with corporate partners. Kansas State University, Brown University, the University of Georgia, and the University at Buffalo are prime examples of how to foster welcoming and comprehensive industry engagement initiatives that result in research funding, job creation, philanthropic funding, talent pipeline development, and economic development.

Effective Models of University-Industry Engagement: Case Studies in Success features the details behind each of these programs in four in-depth presentations. The collection comes complete with the original program materials in on-demand video and transcript — so you can listen and share with your entire staff at your convenience.

For complete details on this valuable collection, click here.

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Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials


By David Schwartz
Published: April 6th, 2021

Mouse models, cell lines, data, reagents, software…. Your university has a vast inventory of research materials and tools — and these tools have significant licensing potential. The challenge is to find, categorize, and market them to create a new or expanded revenue stream from your existing research assets.

These tangible research materials, whether biological, chemical, physical, or otherwise represent significant untapped revenue. The key is identifying these materials and making them readily available for licensing via click-thru licenses for immediate revenue, and understanding the structure and negotiation strategy required for larger or bundled licenses.

To ensure you get maximum value from your research tool assets, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has partnered with attorney and UNeMed Business Development Manager Joe Runge for this detailed webinar: Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials, scheduled for April 21st. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials


By David Schwartz
Published: March 30th, 2021

Mouse models, cell lines, data, reagents, software…. Your university has a vast inventory of research materials and tools — and these tools have significant licensing potential. The challenge is to find, categorize, and market them to create a new or expanded revenue stream from your existing research assets.

These tangible research materials, whether biological, chemical, physical, or otherwise represent significant untapped revenue. The key is identifying these materials and making them readily available for licensing via click-thru licenses for immediate revenue, and understanding the structure and negotiation strategy required for larger or bundled licenses.

To ensure you get maximum value from your research tool assets, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has partnered with attorney and UNeMed Business Development Manager Joe Runge for this detailed webinar: Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials, scheduled for April 21st. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Best Practices in Gaining SBIR/STTR Funding for University Technologies


By David Schwartz
Published: March 30th, 2021

The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs can be critical and significant sources of funding for university innovations and start-ups. With nearly $2B in funding being awarded each year, faculty innovators, start-up founders, TTO staff, and sponsored research managers must understand how to ensure their applications stand apart from the herd.

That’s why we’re offering this two-session distance learning resource: Best Practices in Gaining SBIR/STTR Funding for University Technologies. It includes these two outstanding, strategy-filled programs:

  • Dispelling SBIR/STTR Funding Myths and Misconceptions for University-Based Innovations. Many myths and misconceptions persist regarding how to apply, who can apply, what technologies are eligible, and how funds are awarded. SBIR/STTR funding consultant and former NIH scientific review officer Geoffrey White, PhD, dispels the myths and offers solid guidance on successful applications.
  • SBIR/STTR Funding: Strategies for Submitting a Winning Application. Knowing the critical factors that lead to success can make a huge difference in determining whether you get funded — and ultimately in whether your research or early-stage venture ever makes it to the commercial marketplace. This session identifies the four primary components to getting funded through these two highly competitive programs. It also addresses the key challenges facing SBIR/STTR applicants and offers expert guidance for planning ahead to ensure successful completion of major steps within the application process.

For complete details, click here.

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Non-Disclosure Agreements in University Research and Commercialization: Drafting Strategies for Maximum IP Protection


By David Schwartz
Published: March 23rd, 2021

When working with collaborators, potential licensees, investors, and others outside the university, poorly drafted NDAs can put your valuable IP in grave danger.   

In academia, NDAs are used to protect patent rights from public disclosures that threaten patentability. But just as importantly, NDAs used in partnerships, co-invention, licensing discussions, and investment negotiations prevent others from co-opting your researchers’ valuable innovations. In a worst-case scenario, you can literally lose the rights to the patent, as has been made painfully clear by the courts in recent cases.

Given the huge stakes, it’s imperative that universities understand the implications of a poorly drafted and executed NDA — and make sure these documents anticipate every twist and turn along the way. That’s why Tech Transfer Central has scheduled this detailed and practical webinar: Non-Disclosure Agreements in University Research and Commercialization: Drafting Strategies for Maximum IP Protection, scheduled for April 13th. Our patent attorney-TTO executive faculty team will discuss NDAs, their use in academia, and the key legal issues around compliance and enforcement.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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The University of Delaware’s Spin In® Program: Stimulate Economic and Workforce Development Via Experiential Student Entrepreneurship Programs


By David Schwartz
Published: March 16th, 2021

Entrepreneurship education is fast-becoming a must-have for universities as student interest in alternatives to traditional employment has skyrocketed in recent years. But classroom activity is just not enough to prepare young innovators for the trials and tribulations of building or working in a start-up. At the same time, existing university start-ups are eager for energetic students to help them grow, and local entrepreneurship ecosystems are in dire need of new talent to drive them forward. Yet many university student entrepreneurship programs cater to graduate students, leaving the “earliest-stage” entrepreneurs chomping at the bit.

The University of Delaware’s Spin In® Program is different. It connects university undergraduate students with community entrepreneurs and early-stage start-ups to give them an inside look at business innovation in action and a chance to apply what they’re learning in real-life situations. It’s been a boon to the local business community as well as the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the university. It’s a vibrant model that any university can learn important lessons from — and adapt to their own community.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central has partnered with the University of Delaware to bring you this detailed case study webinar: The University of Delaware’s Spin In® Program: Stimulate Economic and Workforce Development Via Experiential Student Entrepreneurship Programs, scheduled for March 30th.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Best Practices in University Research and Tech Transfer Compliance


By David Schwartz
Published: March 16th, 2021

When it comes to matters of regulatory compliance in research, there is no room for error. Fortunately, strong education and airtight monitoring systems can prevent the damaging consequences of non-compliance that can result in a black mark on your university’s reputation – as well as its future research funding.

That’s why we’ve created the Best Practices in University Research and Tech Transfer Compliance distance learning collection. The collection consists of three distance learning programs, complete with all original program materials, filled with expert compliance guidance related to the Bayh-Dole Act, reporting guidelines for iEdison, and SBIR/STTR funding regulations.

You’ll receive the recorded programs in on-demand video and transcript — so you can listen and share them with staff at your convenience in whatever format you choose. It’s a great addition to your training library you can use over and over again.

The three programs included are:

  • Bayh-Dole Compliance Check-up: Effectively Address the Challenge of Complacency
  • Maintaining Compliance with iEdison: A Practical Guide for Universities
  • Avoid SBIR/STTR Fraud and Abuse Allegations in University Research

For complete details, click here.

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Webinar tomorrow — When License Negotiations Sour: Tips for Mending Fences and Saving the Deal


By David Schwartz
Published: March 9th, 2021

Sometimes, license negotiations can veer in an unintended direction. There are several common scenarios that can result in a deadlock, or even bring bad blood to the table. Disagreements on valuations, whether to license to an inventor start-up or an existing company, rights to improvements, royalty rates, milestones, and choices regarding start-up leadership are all areas that can quickly derail a deal – and sour relationships with faculty or corporate licensees. 

When discussions break down, how can you course correct and get the parties back to the table and talking productively — and how can you repair fractured relationships, or prevent them from cracking in the first place? Tech Transfer Central has partnered with an expert team from the University of Texas at Austin to bring you this detailed webinar: When License Negotiations Sour: Tips for Mending Fences and Saving the Deal.

Join us tomorrow, March 10th,  when we will discuss common scenarios that can bring negotiations to a screeching halt, proven tactics used to ‘mend fences’ to get the conversations moving again, and, most importantly, ways to prevent misunderstandings from the very start of negotiations.

For complete program and faculty details and to register, click here.

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Webinar tomorrow: Building a Better Pitch Deck


By David Schwartz
Published: March 2nd, 2021

While your faculty and student inventors are confident when it comes to their invention’s usefulness or capabilities, their pitching skills are often lacking. It can be cringeworthy as a researcher excitedly tells an exasperated investor a long-winded, technology-driven story that does little to address the market need, competition, scalability, time-to-market, and other critical factors for VCs and corporate partners.

In short, your inventors need your guidance to break down the invention and pitch it in a consumable way that doesn’t dwell on scientific minutia, and hits the critical factors investors and potential partners care most about.

The University of South Carolina’s Technology Commercialization Office has guided hundreds of inventors in the start-up creation process, and as part of that process they provide seasoned mentoring on pitch deck creation and presentation. Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has tapped the leadership team at UofSC’s TCO to bring you this practical, skill-building webinar: Building A Pitch Deck: How the University of South Carolina’s TCO Assists Innovators in Building a “Fundable” Business Story, scheduled for tomorrow, March 3rd.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Data as Intellectual Property: Policy, Protection, and Licensing for Universities


By David Schwartz
Published: March 2nd, 2021

When it comes to data and its monetization, things are different – and more complex – than with the intellectual property TTOs, licensing professionals, and IP attorneys typically deal with. Laws and regulations relating to consent and privacy must be navigated, along with issues related to the rights of the licensee and how royalties are distributed. And while virtually all institutions have patent policies in place covering ownership and handling of patentable inventions, data policies are still very mixed and sometimes completely absent. As more and more institutions monetize their data, the importance of a well-considered institutional data policy has become critical.

That’s why we’ve produced the distance learning collection Data as Intellectual Property: Policy, Protection, and Licensing for Universities, featuring two outstanding programs that combined will give you a clear roadmap for how to nail down data policies, address the tricky issues related to privacy, effectively protect your data-driven innovations, and license your valuable data to third parties while steering clear of legal potholes. The collection includes our

digital package (on-demand video and transcript), along with all program materials prepared by our expert panelists. You can share it throughout your organization!

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Webinar this Thursday: Fortifying Inventorship Policies to Avoid Disputes and Ensure Maximum IP Protection


By David Schwartz
Published: February 23rd, 2021

In the university setting, determining IP inventorship is complex. Steps must be taken to evaluate whether the contribution of each individual in the lab — including students and post-docs — meets the inventive activity requirements according to the Patent Act. Add in researchers from more than one institution or a corporate partner, and things can get very sticky.

Given the stakes, it’s critical that your university fortify its inventorship policies to guide PIs in determining the level of inventorship each individual who contributed to the IP deserves. 

Without clearly defined policy and practices, egos can get bruised, relationships can get damaged, and dollars due to the university and its researchers can be lost. What’s more, incorrectly determining inventorship can lead to patenting delays and costly litigation.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with Paul E. Rauch, PhD, Founding and Managing Partner of Evan Law Group, for this practical webinar coming this Thursday, February 25th: Fortifying Inventorship Policies to Avoid Disputes and Ensure Maximum IP Protection. Attendees will review how inventorship is determined, what information needs to be collected for proper determination, and how well-defined policy can support those imperatives and avert future disputes. You will also learn about common inventorship problems and tips to avoid or solve them.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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