Preparing investigators for technology transfer and commercialization

On March 25, 1013 eighteen participants, including SRP trainees, faculty and staff from UNC’s Gillings School of Public Health and NIEHS staff member Beth Andersen, took part in a Technology Development Boot Camp sponsored by the UNC SRP Research Translation Core and the Office of Technology Development.

 
Boot Camp participants learned how to translate new knowledge emerging from scientific research into useful products and services. Sessions emphasized University resources to support entrepreneurs, how to protect intellectual property, and basics of how to start a company.
 
Evaluations of the training revealed its value, with participants noting that learning about the processes for filing patents and licensing technologies to external firms was particularly useful.