Track A

A9 State of the Union: Partnering with State Lawmakers to Accelerate Technology Transfer

Track: Advocacy and Internal Communications

Target Audience: Advanced

Dipanjan (DJ) Nag, The Ohio State University

Brian P. Darmody, University of Maryland
Ben Kanzeg, The Ohio State University
Paula Sorrell, University of Michigan

While the country’s best and brightest university researchers are creating new technologies and innovations every day, delivering that research to society is not always seamless. Technology transfer can be a complicated process especially with the variations of law, policy and taxes that exist across a state or region. This expert panel will focus on the legislative and academic partnership, specifically how lawmakers can aid critical aspects of technology transfer via the creation of policies and initiatives. Panelists will examine recommendations for policies, tax breaks, incentives and jumpstarting Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs. State support for incubators and predictive analytics — potentially competitive advantages for your state, region or country — will also be explored. Oftentimes posing the right questions and sharing candid conversations with legislators are as critical as seeking university support.

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