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September 2017

13 Sep

Technology transfer is all grown up – From obscurity to sought after career

Kirsten Leute works in technology transfer for Osage University Partners.This blog is published here with her permission. While my colleagues at OUP have recently been outdoing one another on well-researched blogs (here, here, and here), I’ve decided to go the opposite direction and write about some non-data oriented, anecdotal thoughts I’ve had on the technology transfer profession and how it’s changed from a little-known job to an actual career. Around 15 years ago, while I was working at Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), the calls started coming in. “Could you tell me how to get into university technology transfer?” “How did you find your job?” My own path in tech transfer, not unlike the experience of many others, was one of serendipity — the right place at the right...
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13 Sep

Destination Leiden – SSAH Training

You can register for the SSHA in Leiden 13-15 December 2017 here ASTP-Proton is excited to welcome you to our beautiful home town of Leiden for the Social Sciences Arts and Humanities Knowledge Transfer training which we are delivering alongside our partners, Auril/Praxis-Unico. Leiden is an extraordinarily beautiful city, small enough to explore during a short visit and home to the Netherlands’ oldest university. In 1575, following the siege of Leiden by the Spanish, William of Orange offered the citizens a choice of gifts: an exemption from tax for ten years or a university. Thankfully the wise people picked the university which now boasts 13 Nobel prize winners and has hosted scientifically influential guest such as Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Niels...
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13 Sep

Changing of the Guard

By Lou Berneman, Managing Director Texelerate — technology transfer consultancy; Founding Partner Osage University Partners; Advisor to HealthCare Royalty Partners As many academic institutions begin a new fiscal year, let’s take a moment to celebrate the end of an era in academic technology transfer (TT). The long and distinguished careers of TT luminaries have come to an end as they retire or transition to less demanding positions. In the past year or so, individuals who personified professionalism and influenced TT to become a career have or soon will move on, including: David Day (Florida) Kathleen Denis (Rockefeller) Carl Gulbrandsen (WARF) Tom Hockaday (Oxford) Kathy Ku (Stanford) Lita Nelsen (MIT) Ken Nisbet (Michigan) The enactment of Bayh-Dole and the emergence of many technology transfer offices (TTOs) in the 1980s and 1990s led...
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