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Research To RevenueA Practical Guide to University Start-Ups$
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Don Rose and Cam Patterson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625263

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625263.001.0001

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Commercializing University Technology and the Role of Start-Up Companies

Commercializing University Technology and the Role of Start-Up Companies

(p.6) 1 Commercializing University Technology and the Role of Start-Up Companies
Research To Revenue

Don Rose

Cam Patterson

University of North Carolina Press

Universities are a rich source of scientific innovations. Translating these innovations into high-impact products and services involves commercialization of the innovation. The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 gave universities control over the commercialization process. As such, technology transfer offices (TTO) have been established at most universities. Their role is to both protect the innovation through patents and copyrights and license the innovation to an entity for commercialization. Heretofore, most of TTO’s have focused on licensing to large, established companies. Only in recent years have they turned to licensing to startups, many of which are founded by the inventor-faculty. Furthermore, many universities are going beyond licensing to develop programs supporting these faculty-founded startups, with the hope of achieving return on their investment, retaining and recruiting talented faculty, creating jobs, and fulfilling their mission by helping to solve significant problems such as un-met medical needs.

Keywords:   Bayh-Dole Act, Licensing, Technology Transfer, Commercialization, Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, Translation

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