Track E

E2 Statewide Support Programs and Cross-university Collaboration: Case Studies from Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio

Track: Advocacy and Internal Communications

Target Audience: All Audiences

Jim R. Baker, Michigan Technological University

Denise Graves, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Anne M. Izzi, University of Toledo
Karen LeVert, Southeast TechInventures

Many states have developed programs which provide strategic resources to universities for moving technologies toward market, supporting startups, and providing forums for regional collaboration and best-practice sharing. Some programs include matching funds for translational research, technology validation and commercialization gap activities. Others support mentors-in-residence, interim C-level executives, graduate student assessment fellows and post-doctoral commercialization fellows.  And still others relate to business, financial and strategic planning services and prototype funding. Related programs also provide connections with the venture community, consultants and strategic industrial partners. In addition to such targeted support, established forums for sharing best-practices across technology transfer offices have proven to be a valuable resource supporting both large and small offices. This session provides an overview of individual programs, case studies and outcome metrics from activities underway in Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio. Representatives from universities and state offices will discuss what has and has not worked.  Perspectives will be offered from small and large university technology transfer office representatives. The discussion will include impact on the development of the technology towards commercialization, as well as the business and venture community as downstream beneficiaries of the programs.

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