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  • Would You Like to Work in a Technology Transfer Office?

    Su-Jun Lim-Higbie
    Career Paths
    Law and Tech Management
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    Recently, at a conference, I was chatting with a graduate student named Kenny.  When I introduced myself to Kenny as a Technology Licensing Associate at a university technology transfer office, he tilted his head and gave me a puzzled look--he did not know what technology transfer was.  Even though technology transfer offices are integral to research (and funded by research grants), it is not uncommon that many graduate students and postdocs have no knowledge about tech transfer. Needless to say, many are unaware that technology transfer is a viable career option for scientists.  Since the Bayh-Dole Act in 1980, technology transfer offices have popped up at university campuses nationwide. Most, if not all research-intensive institutions today, including federal laboratories, have such offices to assist researchers in technology commercialization. Technology transfer has three main components: 1) science, 2) ...