If necessity is the mother of invention, technology transfer is its father.
That’s been true since 1980, anyway. That’s when the federal government granted universities the right to patent inventions arising from government-funded research (a big deal, since most university life sciences research is funded by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health).
Universities across North Carolina and the nation now have technology transfer offices in place to help usher great ideas out of their labs and into the marketplace. Here’s the benefit North Carolina tech transfer offices reported in 2008 alone:
- 243 deals done (licenses and options)
- 25 new companies formed
- 1,684 active licenses outstanding statewide
- $110 million earned in licensing income
We have numerous specialists and programs at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center to support the commercialization of new technologies, primarily through academic grants, business loans and services such as the BATON Referral Network.
However, we do not directly engage in technology transfer. We make no claims to inventions made with support provided by the Biotechnology Center. Instead, we help inventors and tech transfer officers pinpoint life sciences opportunities that seem most likely to succeed and offer funding and services to help move these inventions towards commercialization.
Leading the Biotechnology Center's efforts to work with North Carolina’s technology transfer offices is Rob Lindberg, PhD, RAC, Senior Director, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneur Programs.
Below are some key tech transfer offices in North Carolina:
- Appalachian State University - Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
- Duke University - Office of Licensing and Ventures
- East Carolina University - Office of Technology Transfer
- NC A&T State University - Office of Outreach and Economic Development
- NC Central University - Office of Technology Transfer
- North Carolina State University- Office of Technology Transfer
- UNC at Chapel Hill - Office of Technology Development
- UNC Charlotte - Office of Technology Transfer
- UNC - Greensboro - Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC)
- UNC at Pembroke - Biotechnology Business & Training Center
- UNC Wilmington - Office of Research Services - Tech Transfer
- Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center - Wake Forest Innovations
- Western Carolina University - Office of Research Administration