University offices 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, North Carolina State University – “The Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) protects and promotes university research discoveries and intellectual property, works with and guides industry partners and boosts the acceleration of startups. We’re driving economic growth by facilitating the commercialization of research discoveries.”
University of North Carolina Resources
- Innovate UNC/Innovate Carolina – Offers success stories, classes in entrepreneurship, and information on funding (e.g., awards, grants, investors).
- Office of Technology and Commercialization – “Accelerating the translation of important ideas into meaningful products and services for the benefit of North Carolina, the world, and the University.”
- AUTM (formerly the Association of University Technology Managers) – A nonprofit 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 startups. Support for members is wide-ranging, from corporate engagement to intellectual property protection.