Category Archives: Symbiotic Innovation

Opening Doors to International Tech Transfer Training

Knowledge InvestorsI am proud of how Fuentek has offered knowledge leadership and training for tech transfer professionals across the U.S. through our white papers, webinars, and other educational services. Now, we’ve linked up with a company in Spain to expand that knowledge transfer to European organizations looking to increase the return on investment for research and development through tech transfer. Specifically, we’ve recently partnered with Knowledge Investors of Vigo, Spain, a company that collaborates with universities, companies, and investors to generate and develop business opportunities within the fields of science and technology. If you don’t speak Spanish, click the inglés link in the upper-right corner of their site…. Continue reading

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Worth Reading: Recent writings (and recordings) on tech transfer topics

At Fuentek, we’re constantly monitoring industry literature and the blogosphere for the latest news, information, and trends. Several items have come up recently that I think should be required reading for tech transfer pros. Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing: Move Beyond the Buzz, Consider the Costs

If you monitor the blogosphere like Fuentek does, you undoubtedly have heard about  “crowdsourcing.” The term can take several forms but, in the tech transfer realm, crowdsourcing refers to Web-based systems where organizations with a technical need (seekers) can post … Continue reading

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Proctor & Gamble Open Innovation Twitter Chat Describes Symbiotic Innovation Success

If you read the Fuentek blog regularly, it should come as no surprise that Fuentek is an advocate of the Symbiotic Innovation approach to open innovation. In fact, we pioneered Symbiotic Innovation—it’s our philosophy that spin-in and spin-out practices are … Continue reading

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Putting the “Open” in Open Services Innovation

I was gratified last week to watch a video with University of California at Berkeley Professor Henry Chesbrough—who has been called the father of open innovation—discussing his new book: Open Services Innovation. I enjoyed this video not only because what … Continue reading

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Prerequisites and First Steps When Creating a Tech Transfer Office

Last week I read an interesting article on Beyond the First World. Terry Young discussed four reasons for establishing a technology transfer office (TTO) at universities. Making money was not on that list, and I agree that TTOs (wherever they … Continue reading

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Collaborations Protect Your Competitive Advantage and Minimize Risk

In my last post I talked about how collaborations can be less risky than mergers and acquisitions (M&A) when it comes to tapping into an external technology to accelerate or enhance product development. If your company is like most, you … Continue reading

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Yes, I’m Talking to You (about Symbiotic Innovation)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: It doesn’t matter if you’re a company, a university, or a government lab. If you’re investing in technology development, Symbiotic Innovation is the best way to do it. In my last … Continue reading

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More on Symbiotic Innovation: How Doing Spin-In Helps with Spin-Out

Yesterday I talked about how the activities associated with spinning out patented technologies (or your other intellectual assets) can feed into your efforts to spin-in an external technology. Today let’s consider the reverse. So just to recap, spin-in is when … Continue reading

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Get More Bang from Your Spin-Out Buck the Symbiotic Innovation Way

As I’ve noted in my earlier post about Symbiotic Innovation and illustrated here, spin-out and spin-in are interdependent activities. Therefore, they are best pursued in concert. Since so many organizations view these as separate activities (sometimes led by completely separate … Continue reading

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