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Editor-in-Chief,   Anatole Krattiger

Editorial Board

Concept Foundation


Fiocruz, Brazil

bioDevelopments-   Institute

Establishing and Operating Technology Transfer Offices
Topic Guide for Research Scientists

Why This Topic Is Important

Setting up and running a technology transfer office is a complex undertaking that draws on a diverse set of technical, managerial, and business skills, that are all not commonly found within research institutions. The attendant organizational and cultural changes require clear leadership and a commitment of resources from senior administrators and policymakers. This section discusses both overarching issues of managing technology transfer and many of the specific functions involved, including staffing, training, and data and file management. Perspectives are provided on setting up technology transfer offices in numerous different countries, including the U.S., Europe, and many emerging economies.

Key Implications and Best Practices: Section 6

Given that IP management is heavily context specific, these Key Implications and Best Practices are intended as starting points to be adapted to specific needs and circumstances.

  • Your power to shape institutional policy should not be underestimated, especially in the ways that the fruits of your research can be made to increase economic development and benefit humanity.
  • Know your institutional conflict of interest policy. Most conflict of interest issues arise when procedures are not properly followed.
  • Work with your TTO to ensure that your institution’s disclosure of information form is simple and easy for you to use.
  • Understand why you might benefit from engaging in technology transfer and what you want to get out of the relationship with the TTO.
  • A national or regional consortium of universities to develop a technology transfer system could be beneficial to you and your colleagues because it would be more cost effective and would have greater latitude and leverage in exploiting commercialization opportunities than would a single campus office.
  • Establishing networks among colleagues will increase your awareness of opportunities and also help you understand the broader implications of your research.
  • Keep your TTO informed about your networking activities, particularly if there is a possibility of shared research endeavors. These collaborative research projects often form the foundation of networks for technology transfer and licensing opportunities.

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