Webinar: Best Practices in Licensing International Startups: The UK, China, & Israel

A discussion on the differences in licensing to startups based out of Israel, China, and the UK by experts who have worked in these regions. David Ai, formerly of City University in Hong Kong, Amir Naiberg, formerly of Yeda Research and Development Co, in Israel, and Teri Willey, formerly of Cambridge Enterprise, will talk about particular variances in license clauses and startup structures that US tech transfer offices may encounter when licensing to entities incorporated in these countries.

Podcast: A Conversation with Nichole Mercier of WUSTL

Today I’m speaking with Dr. Nichole Mercier, Managing Director for the Office of Technology Management at Washington University in Saint Louis. During her time at Washington University, as well as through her work with AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers), Nichole has been a leader in analyzing the disparities between male and female innovators, and launching programming to help close the gap. In this episode, we’ll focus on her work in those areas.

Webinar: The New CFIUS and CFIUS Pilot Program – Implications for Foreign (and U.S.) Investments in Startups

Last year, Congress passed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which significantly expands the authorities of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In November of 2018, the U.S. Federal Government began a pilot program of these new FIRRMA authorities to review and in some cases restrict investment by non-U.S. sources in “critical technology” areas. Those “critical” areas currently include certain types of software, aerospace products, energy storage products, and many more technologies. In addition, the government is engaged in a proceeding to consider expanding the set of “critical” fields to include biotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum computing, and advanced materials, among others.

An interview with Lita Nelsen and Katharine Ku

Some people had the fortune to fall into technology transfer before it was a known career and helped shape the field to become the vibrant, challenging, and rewarding profession it is today. Two of those players are Lita Nelsen, former Director of MIT’s Technology Licensing Office, and Katharine Ku, former Executive Director of the Office…

Podcast: An Interview With Lita Nelsen & Katharine Ku

In this episode, Kirsten Leute speaks with Lita Nelsen, former Director of MIT’s Technology Licensing Office, and Katharine Ku, Executive Director of the Office of Technology Licensing of Stanford University. Ms. Nelsen and Ms. Ku have led two of the leading university technology transfer offices in the world. They’ve also enjoyed a decades-long friendship built initially on heading offices that were forging new paths in the still nascent field of technology transfer in the 1980s and 1990s.

Traversing the Valley of Innovation Death

Working in technology transfer for almost two decades, I was a frequent occupant of the Valley of Innovation Death, or as I call it, the VoID. If you’re unfamiliar with the VoID, here is the traditional representation: Inventions are created and reach a certain level of basic research. But as they attempt to transition to the…

Changing of the Guard

As many academic institutions begin a new fiscal year, let’s take a moment to celebrate the end of an era in academic technology transfer (TT). The long and distinguished careers of TT luminaries have come to an end as they retire or transition to less demanding positions. In the past year or so, individuals who…

Technology transfer is all grown up

While my colleagues at OUP have recently been outdoing one another on well-researched blogs (here, here, and here), I’ve decided to go the opposite direction and write about some non-data oriented, anecdotal thoughts I’ve had on the technology transfer profession and how it’s changed from a little-known job to an actual career. Around 15 years ago, while…