What is tech transfer?

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Technology transfer is the process of transferring scientific findings from one organization to another for the purpose of further development and commercialization. The process typically includes:

  • Identifying new technologies
  • Protecting technologies through patents and copyrights
  • Forming development and commercialization strategies, such as marketing and licensing to existing private sector companies, or creating new startup companies based on the technology

Academic and research institutions engage in technology transfer for a variety of reasons. Among them are:

  • Recognition for discoveries made at the institution
  • Compliance with federal regulations
  • Attraction and retention of talented faculty
  • Local economic development
  • Attraction of corporate research support
  • Licensing revenue to support further research and education

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