For many entrepreneurs, licensing from a university may be a new experience. This series of webinars provides information that will be helpful for academic entrepreneurs contemplating their first (or perhaps subsequent) license from an academic institution. Presented by an attorney who represents many academic startups, including their investors, along with two academic technology transfer veterans, these webinars bring views from both sides of the table and best practices for a fruitful and efficient negotiation.
Over the past several years, there’s been a proliferation of universities launching internally-driven accelerator programs, with the goal of providing inventors of early stage technologies an opportunity to develop their startup idea within an academic setting. The core concept behind a university accelerator is to offer funding, mentorship, and other resources to startups sometimes too nascent to attract seasoned talent and institutional funding. But such accelerators require large amounts of capital and an experienced team to administer programming, evaluate startups ideas, allocate funding, and provide company-building services amongst other tasks.
In 2014 venture funding in healthcare IT shattered records, surpassing $4.1 billion, followed by an equally impressive performance in 2015 with $4.5 billion invested in the sector. While investment in digital healthcare cooled slightly in 2016 compared to previous record highs, investment in the sector remains significant with $4.3 billion invested in 2016. It’s a diverse, emerging sector with a barrage of startups competing in a broad marketplace to improve healthcare delivery as the nation’s $3 trillion healthcare delivery system gradually transitions from volume-based to value-based care.