Category Archives: Economic Development

Worth Reading in Tech Transfer: External Advisory Panels, Creating Economic Growth, Battling Bayh-Dole Critics, Open Innovation, and a Fun History on the Space Race

Online reading of technology transfer newsWonder what we’re reading as we wait for Congress to pass a budget? Read on. There were two articles in the September 2013 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics newsletter (available with a subscription from Tech Transfer Central) that elaborated on a blog post we ran here concerning the use of panels of external experts in evaluating technologies: Continue reading

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Helping University TTOs Talk-Up Tech Transfer

For my first few posts on the Fuentek blog, I will be writing about several topics that came up at the AUTM® Eastern Region Meeting in Boston earlier this week. It was a great meeting, and it was particularly interesting for me now that I’ve returned to the Northeast, departing my position as director of a university technology transfer office (TTO) and transitioning into a consulting role. Today’s post will focus on AUTM president-elect Jane Muir’s luncheon presentation, in which she offered several updates from AUTM. In particular, Jane mentioned two new AUTM initiatives that should be quite helpful to university TTOs in developing public (and congressional) awareness of the benefits of tech transfer. Jane also talked about a great training opportunity at the 2014 AUTM Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Make Undergrads More Entrepreneurial

A few weeks back, I read Victoria Schramm’s post on Forbes.com called “5 Reasons Why Undergrad Entrepreneurship Courses Aren’t Producing Entrepreneurs.” Given Schramm’s valid points, I’d like to suggest 5 ways to make undergraduate students more entrepreneurial. Continue reading

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Worth Reading in Tech Transfer: Economic Development Trends, Open Innovation Costs, Sequestration Impact, and TTO Insights

Online reading of technology transfer newsOur end-of-summer worth reading list explores trends — or are they pendulums? — in the business/economy aspects of technology transfer, costs and benefits of open innovation, the impacts of sequestration, and insights from a few federal and university tech transfer offices (TTOs). Oh, and we have a funny video to close out the month. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Elaborating on OSTP Lab-to-Market Inter-Agency Summit Recommendations

This past spring, I had the pleasure of serving as a panelist at the Lab-to-Market Inter-Agency Summit convened by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP). This past week, the panelists’ recommendations were released (download the report), and they’re getting some well-deserved attention. And they deserve some elaboration. As summit co-chairs Joe Allen and Diane Palmintera wrote in an article published on Innovation Daily, the summit had an unusual format, with… Continue reading

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Worth Reading: Congressional Testimony, Compulsory Licensing, TTO Blogs, Supporting Labs, and the Birth of the Emoticon

Online reading of technology transfer newsSome of this month’s worth-reading items relate to technology transfer activities in Washington as well as to efforts on the home front. Plus we have a fun little history lesson from my alma mater. Continue reading

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Thoughts from the White House’s Lab-to-Market Summit

Last week I had the distinct privilege of serving as a panelist for the Lab-to-Market Inter-Agency Summit, sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Designed to obtain insights from experts in industry, academia, and finance about federal programs working to accelerate their labs’ rate of technology transfer, the discussion was productive and surprisingly candid. (Perhaps the latter begat the former!) I for one was encouraged by… Continue reading

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Worth Reading: Spinoffs, Accelerators, University Impacts, and Women’s Tech Transfer Involvement

Online reading of technology transfer newsDespite the beautiful weather we’ve been enjoying here in North Carolina the last few weeks, I have frequently found myself online reading interesting posts about technology transfer. So here’s what I’ve been reading. How about you? Send me a private message or post a comment below. Continue reading

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Insights, Best Practices on Tech Transfer, Startups at Portugal Meeting

Just before Christmas, I had the privilege of attending the annual conference of the University Technology Enterprise Network (UTEN), an organization dedicated to (in their words) “professionalizing and advancing science and technology commercialization in Portugal.” As the AUTM® vice president for Strategic Alliances, I was invited to participate on a panel discussing technology transfer networks. I have to say, it was an enlightening meeting, and the lessons learned and best practices shared have value beyond Portugal. So brace yourself: this is a long post, but there was lots of good information to share! Continue reading

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Open Innovation “Loser” Redux: More thoughts, new webcast

L is for loserOne of the items in my last “worth reading” post — Stefan Lindegaard’s blog post “Are Universities, Tech Transfer Units Open Innovation Losers?” — is getting a lot of attention, including a Technology Transfer Tactics blog post. Given the discussions in several tech transfer groups across LinkedIn (including AUTM, Techno-L, and Technology Transfer – Valorisation), I’d like to offer some further thoughts here. Open innovation refers to the spin-in as well as the spin-out of ideas, technology, etc. Approaching these two “directions” in concert and proactively — what we’ve called Symbiotic Innovation — is an essential component for revolutionizing technology transfer. Continue reading

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