Technology Transfer: Making a Difference in Your Region

The primary objective of academic technology transfer professionals is to enable the development and commercialization of academic research findings, ensuring research ultimately reaches and benefits the public. Many benefits - such as educational advancements for students and contributions to the academic research enterprise - are not immediately visible in the media or the marketplace, AUTM highlights myriad product developments that are attributable directly to academic technology transfer efforts. We invite you to learn more about products and some of the exciting stories behind successful technology transfer efforts.

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The Better World Project

We have a story to tell. In fact, we have hundreds of them. The stories are about people whose lives have changed for the better. They are stories about the world around us, and how it is becoming a healthier and safer place. AUTM members manage the transfer of discoveries resulting from academic research to companies that transform these intricate technologies into viable products for the world far beyond the boundaries of the campus. Visit the AUTM Better World Project website to read these inspiring stories. If you'd like to get involved in the Better World Project you can do so by submitting a story or by becoming a sponsor.

More than 1 million people now have access to safe, affordable drinking water thanks to an innovative water filtration system developed by researchers at Lehigh University that removes naturally occurring arsenic from groundwater.

The Better World Project also shares compelling stories through videos which put a face on technology transfer. These videos present personal stories of improved lives thanks to innovations derived from academic research.  You can view the collection of Better World Project videos on the AUTM YouTube channel.

Case Studies for Global Health

The Alliance for Case Studies for Global Health, a collaboration of AUTM, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Health Progress, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and Tropical Disease Research (TDR) published stories illustrating how a wide range of stakeholders work together to solve a global health challenge. Search the online database for case studies.

Important Innovations That Came From University Research

Some might poke fun at academic research or doubt the necessity of it, but the reality is that the products of university research impact our lives on a daily basis, often in ways we don’t even realize. Learn more.