These university offices are responsible for the commercialization and transfer of technology from the university to the marketplace.
The following are examples of technology transfer offices in universities and related organizations:
- The Office of Licensing and Ventures, Duke University: “Mission: Through our partnerships with faculty, industry, entrepreneurs and investors, ensure that Duke innovations reach the marketplace for the benefit of society and to enable future investment in Duke research and innovation”
- The Office of Research Commercialization, NC State University: “The Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) plays a crucial role in this by protecting and promoting University research discoveries and intellectual property, working with and guiding industry partners, and promoting the acceleration of startups. We’re driving economic growth by facilitating the commercialization of research discoveries.”
Example UNC Resources
- Innovate UNC/ Innovate Carolina: Offers success stories, classes in entrepreneurship, info on funding (awards/grants/and investor program
- Office of Technology and Commercialization: Mission: To accelerate the translation of important ideas into meaningful products and services for North Carolina, the world, and the University.
- AUTM (formerly the Association of University Technology Managers): A non-profit engaged in supporting professionals in developing academic research “that changes the world and drives innovation forward.” Members work at universities, centers, hospitals, businesses, and government organizations around the world. The organization works with commercial partners leading to the creation of products, services, and start-ups. Support for members is wide-ranging from corporate engagement to intellectual property protection.