Colorado: Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority Opens New Accelerator in its Life Science District
Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA) officially opens its new $8M million, 37,000 square-foot Accelerator Building today, adjacent to its original Incubator Building at the Bioscience Park Center (BCP) in the Fitzsimons Life Science District. Steve VanNurden, FRA President and CEO, says, "The addition of this Accelerator will offer companies growing in the Incubator an opportunity to expand and continue their expansion nearby."
Boulder Valley Sets Pace Nationally for Landing VC
Companies in the Boulder Valley received more venture-capital investment - $375.7M - than any other region of its size in the nation in 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, using data from news company Thomson Reuters. Overall, the Boulder Valley received about $100M more in venture-capital investment for the most recent five quarters than similar technology hub regions such as Chapel Hill, North Carolina; the Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington, region; and Baltimore.
2 Reasons for Optimism Right Now in University Technology Transfer
From commercialization partnerships to startup incubators and new sources of funding, universities seem to be getting creative in how they're breathing innovative thinking into their technology commercialization efforts. And leaders at the federal level are following suit by coming up with new ways to give additional resources to universities to boost their technology commercialization.
Swimming Through the Crowd: Crowdsourcing and Tech Transfer
While crowdsourcing stories from the business and artistic worlds tend to make the headlines, there are many out there working to apply crowdsourcing to tech transfer and university research.
Student Entrepreneurs Critical to Commercializing University Startups
Graduate and post-doctoral students are critical participants in university commercialization efforts, according to a study released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. "University Technology Transfer through Entrepreneurship: Faculty and Students in Spinoffs" (PDF) examines students' roles in university startups and compares the functions and responsibilities of faculty, entrepreneurs and students in successfully moving university innovations to market.
BioEntrepreneur: How Much Risk are You Prepared to Take?
Any faculty member wishing to commercialize a discovery or technology should contemplate the pros and cons of pursuing the entrepreneurial route or licensing to an outside entity.
BioEntrepreneur Archives: Building Relationships with Technology Transfer Officers
Good relationships between inventors and technology transfer officers can reap dividends at every stage in the marketing of an invention or in forming a company. Conversely, a lack of communication can play into the hands of investors.
Collaboration in Academic R&D: A Decade of Growth in Pass-Through Funding
Research collaboration involving multiple institutions is a growing trend. One measure of this research collaboration is the amount of total expenditures for R&D that universities pass through to others, including both academic institutions and other entities. These pass-through funds represented 7% of total academic R&D expenditures in FY 2009, compared with 5% in FY 2000, according to the National Science Foundation.
Roundup: University, Community, State, National and International Initiatives
House Members Urge NIH to Implement Proof-Of-Concept Program
In late July, a bipartisan group of eleven House Members wrote to NIH Director Francis Collins expressing strong support for the proof-of-concept pilot program authorized last year as part of the small business research reauthorization. The pilot program would allow NIH to award competitive grants of up to $1M to universities to support researchers exploring the potential commercialization and licensing of their discoveries. Despite legal authorization for the program, and support from a number of university associations, the NIH has yet to move forward in creating the program.
Getting Their Tech Transfer Act Together: Examples Abound around the World
A review of tech transfer inter-institutional consolidation efforts in New Zealand, Ireland, Israel and other locations.