Title: Emerging metrics in technology transfer I. Case studies in the life sciences

Authors: Varun Y. Vaidya; Amar P. Kadaba; Alex Nieves; Fumin Shi; Limin Wang; Yi-Ling Chen; Shuqian Yu; Lei Gao; Kenneth P. Moritz; Kathleen M. Czupich; Allen B. Reitz

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Abstract: Technology transfer (TT) from academia to industry is one of the key components that is required in the translation of basic research discoveries into commercial opportunities that benefit humanity. This paper examines the TT process at four premier universities and research institutions across the USA: Harvard University, Emory University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and The Scripps Research Institute. In this inaugural publication in a series of related publications studying multiple aspects of TT, we develop a variety of initial metrics and ratios measuring critical factors contributing to the success of TT and provide a generic model that can address certain bottlenecks in the process and enhance its efficiency.

Keywords: technology transfer; patents; licensing; life sciences; biotech; pharmaceutical; medical devices; entrepreneurship; inventors; venture capital; biotechnology; innovation; academic research; university research; commercialisation; metrics; performance measurement; critical success factors; CSFs; bottlenecks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2012.043917

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2012 Vol.11 No.1/2, pp.110 - 136

Available online: 22 Nov 2011 *

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