Industry:Academic Collaborations Fuel the Innovation Engine

Two mega-trends are reshaping the global biomedical research landscape: (1) In the U.S. the largest benefactor of early-stage life science research dollars is the National Institutes of Health (NIH); NIH budgets began stagnating after 2003 and declining in 2010 (2) U.S. Big Pharma has been reducing their R&D budgets consistently over the past several years;… Read more »

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 »

Profile Spotlight | Vanderbilt University

Each week Collective IP highlights a particular profile, either a company, an investigator or technology transfer office. Today we shine the light upon the Vanderbilt University:   Profile: About Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt University is an internationally recognized research university in Nashville, Tenn., with strong partnerships among its 10 schools, neighboring institutions and the… Read more »

U.S. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is on the Decline: Tech Transfer, Supported by Research Institutions and Local Ecosystems is the Solution

A slew of recent articles are pointing to data and suggesting that America is losing its entrepreneurial edge, and that American entrepreneurship is slowly dying. Harvard Business Review: Why America is Losing its Entrepreneurial Edge 538 Economics: The Slow Death of American Entrepreneurship Christian Science Monitor: Wither US Entrepreneurs? A Key Engine of Economic Growth… Read more »

Profile Spotlight | University of Colorado

Each week Collective IP highlights a particular profile, either a company, investigator or technology transfer office. Today we shine the light upon the University of Colorado: Profile: University Colorado Technology Transfer Office Founded in Boulder in 1876, the University of Colorado has developed into a premier teaching and research university. With nearly 58,000 students, over 4,700… 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 »

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Incubators and the Tech Transfer Process

According to the National Business Incubation Association, there were over 1,250 incubators in the United States as of October 2012 (!), and that number surely grew in 2013. By way of comparison there were just 12 incubators in the United States in 1980. Incubators are often one component of a larger entrepreneurial ecosystem consisting of… 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 »