Natasha Azar
December 3, 2020

Tech Transfer

TTO Strategic Communication Tactics with VCs

As a VC firm partnered with over 100 universities, we get the question from Tech Transfer Offices (TTOs) all the time — how can we best communicate with VCs? While investors have directed more attention to universities for deal flow in recent years (see bar graph below), most VCs don’t have a singular focus on […]

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Louis Berneman
October 12, 2020

Tech Transfer

2019 Court Decisions: Implications for University Licensing

On September 2, 2020, Russell E. Levine, JD, Kirkland & Ellis, presented an AUTM webinar entitled “Top 10 Court Decisions of the Year That Affect Licensing.” Russell, a past president of LES USA & Canada, has been doing these “top 10” talks for many years at LES annual meetings. These talks are always a full […]

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Kirsten Leute
August 6, 2020

University Startups

Equalize – 2020 and Beyond

by Nichole Mercier, Kristen Otto, and Kirsten Leute It’s been a few weeks since our Equalize 2020 event. All of those involved are still reflecting on the impact of the event, while excited to take the next steps in this journey. With this article, we wanted to articulate the need and history of Equalize 2020, the experiences […]

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Kirsten Leute
June 30, 2020

Tech Transfer

Why work in tech transfer? The pandemic has illustrated why people do.

It’s hard to work, write, or think about anything without the context of COVID-19 these days. Living at the intersection of academic institutions and new ventures, I have daily insights into the plethora of programming at universities intended to advance scientific discoveries and see them translated into practice, especially through the activities of the technology […]

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Natasha Azar
October 29, 2019

Venture Capital

Beware of employee equity, the credit cards of the venture community

By Dror Futter Partner Rimon Law Natasha Azar Senior Manager of University Relations Osage University Partners When hiring venture executives and employees in the early stages of a university start-up, the buzz centers around equity. For successful ventures, these equity rights, often issued when the equity is worth pennies a share, hold the potential of […]

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jtestai
October 8, 2019

University Startups

Recruiting Talent for University Startups: Continuing the Conversation

This summer, OUP hosted a webinar on Recruiting Talent for University Startups. Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu, Director at the Academic Venture Exchange (AVX), Mike Psarouthakis, Director of the University of Michigan Venture Center, and Hazel Mulhare, Head of Talent at Oxford Sciences Innovation, discussed their respective programs and started the conversation about best practices for recruiting top […]

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Kirsten Leute
September 21, 2018

Tech Transfer

An Interview with Nancy Sullivan, CEO & Managing Director of Illinois Ventures

In June, OUP released our Research Realized interview with Nancy Sullivan, CEO and Managing Director of Illinois Ventures. Illinois Ventures is a seed and early-stage technology investment firm focused on research-derived companies in information technologies, physical sciences, and life sciences. While their origins are investing in businesses based on innovations from the University of Illinois, they […]

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Natasha Azar
July 3, 2018

University Startups

2018 VC & University Startup Financing Trends

We’re almost halfway through 2018, which means we at Osage University Partners (OUP) again hosted our annual financing trends webinar (last year’s recap). For the 2018 version, our investment team analyzed not only general VC investment trends, but also trends specific to our partner university network of 5,000+ startups. I should mention this blog post only pulls […]

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Kirsten Leute
June 6, 2018

Tech Transfer

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 […]

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Natasha Azar
January 8, 2018

Venture Capital

Healthcare IT Startups: How to Assess a Maturing Market

The provision of quality cost effective healthcare is one of the most significant challenges facing the U.S. today. Healthcare now accounts for more than one-sixth of the U.S. gross domestic product. According to a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. healthcare spending reached $3.2 trillion, or $9,990 per person, and hospital […]

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Kirsten Leute
December 5, 2017

Tech Transfer

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 […]

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Louis Berneman
September 8, 2017

Tech Transfer

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 […]

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Natasha Azar
August 16, 2017

University Startups

What’s the Pulse on 2017 Midyear VC Investment?

Every few weeks, Osage University Partners hosts a webinar that dives into a specific technology sector with the intention of helping the technology commercialization professionals at our partner institutions better understand current market behaviors. We realize, however, that financing trends can dramatically shift in only one quarter. We’re past the midyear mark in 2017 and […]

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Kirsten Leute
August 3, 2017

Tech Transfer

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 […]

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Louis Berneman
June 28, 2017

Tech Transfer

Negotiators are Born and Bred: Berneman’s 10 Rules for Principled Negotiation

Our daughter, it seems, emerged from the womb negotiating; our son was more laid back. Today, she’s still at it (as are her 3 daughters) and our son has effectively learned when and how to negotiate for what he needs and wants. Becoming a skilled negotiator is achievable, regardless of personality type. Here are 10 […]

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Natasha Azar
June 5, 2017

Venture Capital

Phishing for Answers: A Chat on Cybersecurity Startups

Cyber threats and attacks have arrived in full force. They threaten not only individuals, but corporations and nation states. Within corporations, the types of cyber threats and the various methods of protection have exploded. Universities are rising to the challenge, as the level of research around security detection, prevention, and encryption has significantly increased.   […]

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David Dorsey
May 3, 2017

University Startups

Who are the Founders of University Spinouts?

Venture capitalists place considerable emphasis on founding teams. As VCs, we think a lot about what personality types, backgrounds, and skills to look for in a solid company founder. Some of the most important traits are qualitative. For example, we often talk about how CEOs should be excellent listeners. We look for traits like curiosity, […]

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Marc Singer
February 23, 2017

Venture Capital

Why We’re Investing in AI for Healthcare

University of Washington startup KenSci recently announced its $8.5M Series A financing and Osage University Partners is proud to have participated in the round alongside Ignition Partners. This is our 64th investment in a university spinout since our founding in 2009. Based on four years of research at the University of Washington, KenSci is a machine learning platform that helps health […]

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Stephanie Stehman
February 8, 2017

University Startups

The Mother of Invention? Not Exactly.

The gender gap in academia at the faculty level has been well documented. Male faculty far outnumber women, particularly in the STEM disciplines, though the gap has narrowed in recent decades. It’s also no secret that the rate of academic entrepreneurship is on the rise: the number of startups formed out of university research has […]

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John Lee
December 23, 2016

University Startups

Listen Up Startups, The Federal Government Is Giving You Money

In 1981, as part of the Economic Recovery Tax Act, Congress enacted a federal R&D tax credit to encourage investment into software and technology. The credit today remains one of the largest incentives for businesses in the US. Historically, the credit was only applicable to deductions in income tax, which made it challenging for startups […]

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