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Category: Technology Transfer

21 Dec

Technology Transfer Officer- A science PhD’s career option beyond the research bench

Have you ever wondered if you (or your research team) ever invent something that has direct translational value what steps will be necessary to actually bring it out in the market? As you can guess it is a long and complex process and some of the crucial parts of this process will be applying for patent(s), dealing with intellectual property law and licensing of the technology for commercialization. This is where a technology transfer officer gets involved. It is one of those rare opportunities which is right there in your university, and can give you an exposure to the world outside academic research without even leaving your university. The purpose of a university’s Office of Technology Transfer is to manage intellectual...
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5 Dec

The MAGIC for Successful Technology Transfer

In a perfect world of licensing, TTOs may dream of a discovery licensed to a medical company, which continues developing it until it has established proof-of-concept in humans.Then a larger firm with the capability to conduct late-stage clinical trials comes in and carries the molecule to the market launch. It is an ideal scenerio that rarely plays out in real life. Instead, the path to the market is rough & laden with inefficiencies from funding to licencing agreements. The bad is that almost every early stage technology at the universities has to deal with these troubles all the time....
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15 Nov

Shut up and calculate: bridging the divide between academia and industry

Technology transfer is a bridge that connects academic research and industrial use. Still, the connection is a relatively new and tenuous one.
The slogan “shut up and calculate” was coined in the early 20th century during the great battle of theory and logic between physicists Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein. It underscored the fact that fundamental discovery and industrial innovation are not always aligned. How so? Researchers are often motivated to unravel the unknown, without necessarily thinking of the practical applications of their work. Industrialists, on the other hand, may be motivated by real-world applications – without desiring to understand the underlying complex theories.
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30 Oct

Putting Market Data to Work for Tech Transfer: Stories from the Field

Gathering and analyzing market data may be at the heart of developing the technology transfer strategy, but its value is not limited to the go/no-go decision and planning how to move forward. There are some less obvious but extremely impactful ways that market data can be a useful tool for a technology transfer office (TTO). Here are four projects I’ve worked on recently that illustrate some of the powerful ways your TTO can make use of market data....
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1 Oct

License Negotiation Forget-Me-Nots for Technology Transfer Offices

The past few months have seen several of us at Fuentek supporting multiple clients with negotiating licenses for their technologies. One project that I’ve been helping a client with embodies several best practices of license negotiations. Ironically, these concepts are so essential… that they’re sometimes forgotten.
So here is a list we’ve put together to ensure that the most important aspects of license negotiations stay front and center.
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15 Apr

The Keys to Successful Technology In-Licensing

In designing new products and services, companies consider licensing technology as a means of getting to market quickly while reducing risk as well as the expenditure associated with the development stage. This type of activity is known as ‘in-licensing’ allows companies to access Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) arising from knowledge generators such as universities, research institutes, other companies as well as individual entrepreneurs who specialise in the technology of interest, enabling them to undertake innovations that transform the business and intellectual constraints of their organisations....
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25 Mar


Technology transfer is an exciting and growing field, but there is naturally a great variety in maturity of operations, both between countries and individual institutions. ASTP-Proton is a great source of inspiration, and members frequently showcase their success stories, for example with the benefits of income from a lucrative deal or introduction of new operational advances. These successes are a great source of both advertisement and aspiration for those of us in the field....
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15 Mar


We are all familiar with the traditional “ funnel” model of technology transfer. On paper, this model looksdeceptively simple. The funnel starts with identifying as many inventions and technologies as possible, securing them means of patenting and then licensing them out to existing companies, or even better, new spin-off companies.

This simplistic technology push model still forms the basis of many regional development and innovation programmes throughout Europe. Many regional policy makers consider inventions, patents and especially spin-offs the essential contributions of universities in any regional economic development program.

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