For university Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs), a review of performance, structure, and functions—particularly in comparison to peer organizations—provides the opportunity to optimize internal operations, enhance engagement with internal and external customers and stakeholders, and revise policies and procedures to better align with current goals. Tracking data metrics is one way to accomplish key goals and prepare for future opportunities.
Although the AUTM 2020 annual meeting was cancelled, we can still share best practices, information, and thoughts. Join us in a webinar version of the panel we had planned for: Government Use of Federally Funded IP: It’s Not as Simple as You Think Wed., March 11, 2020 • 1:00–3:00pm EDT
AUTM 2020 is coming up March 8-11, and university professionals will gather in San Diego to learn about the latest developments in technology transfer and network with industry, investors, and other research institutions. Here is my advice for bringing back the greatest value when you return to your technology transfer office (TTO).
Garbage in, garbage out. It’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s also a truism for data integrity, as Becky Stoughton and I discussed at a recent webinar. Both of us know firsthand the importance of establishing and maintaining data integrity for TTOs. Since we had some valuable insights to provide to TTOs, let’s consider the tweets @fuentek sent out during the webinar in a little more depth.
In October I was honored to moderate a session at AUTM’s Eastern Region Meeting in Raleigh, NC, delving into the wide range of initiatives that universities are undertaking to consider tech transfer activities in tenure and promotion reviews. Our panelists support the inclusion of commercialization activities in faculty advancement decisions and offered specific examples from their own experience for the field to consider moving forward.
I had the pleasure to recently co-host an Innovation Roundtable on ‘Managing Corporate Innovation Across Sites’ with Wellspring Worldwide. Attended by a diverse cross-section of innovation leaders from industries including finance, high tech, and manufacturing, this interactive forum provided a unique opportunity to exchange best practices, ideas, and challenges in driving innovation.
As research universities are placing an increased emphasis on economic development, we agree that it’s entirely appropriate—even essential—that faculty advancement decisions include activities in tech transfer, innovation, and entrepreneurship, just as they include published research papers in these decisions. We are excited to delve into this topic at a session we’re moderating this fall at AUTM’s Eastern Region Meeting in Raleigh, NC.
What do Stanford, Univ. Alabama, Arizona State, and Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have in common? They’re all in non-metropolitan areas. And that’s the focus of the conference I presented at this week. Hosted by UIDP and the University of Arkansas, this university-industry engagement workshop brought together a diverse collection of higher education institutions from outside major metropolitan areas. These universities face common as well as unique challenges.
Whether you want to improve your own business or introduce a new product or service line, technology/innovation is usually a major part of the solution. With all of the R&D at universities and government labs, it’s not always necessary to start from scratch to create that new solution or improvement. In fact, it’s best to always start by looking outside your company using open innovation—or better yet, Symbiotic Innovation—tactics.
The 2019 AUTM® meeting is coming up Feb. 10-13, and we are looking forward to it! The AUTM meeting provides TTOs with lots of opportunities to network with industry, investors, and research institutions. You can also learn about the latest developments in tech transfer and even advance your career. Having participated in the AUTM meeting for several years, I offer up these tips to help you get the most out of your time in Austin.