Google, VCs and Accelerating Discoveries out of Academic Labs


Johns Hopkins University and Google are partnering to bring ideas from the engineering school to market. While some observers may view this development as evidence that the traditional tech transfer system is failing, we view it as a positive development. We have long argued that universities are creating licensable ideas at an incredible pace, and… Read more »

Cheating Death: A Legendary Researcher Joins Startup


Last month one of the best known and respected geneticists, Cynthia Kenyon (login to view Dr. Kenyon’s profile Here), left the University of California San Francisco (login to view UCSF profile Here) and joined the California Life Company (Calico), a startup backed by Google. She joins a roster of other scientists at the startup which… Read more »

Business Development Professionals and the Tech Transfer Process (Part I)


December 2015 will be the 35th anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act. While there is active debate as to the exact numbers, the technology transfer process is acknowledged across the board (even among critics of the legislation) to have created millions of jobs, added hundreds of billions of dollars to gross domestic product, and turned university… Read more »

Incentivizing Faculty to Participate in the Technology Transfer Process


In a recent opinion piece published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences titled “Changing the academic culture: Valuing patents and commercialization toward tenure and career advancement” the authors suggest that the reason universities have been slow to take on their proper role in the innovation economy is because of “a lack of… Read more »