Technology Transfer

  • Eugene B. Krentsel
Part of the Series in Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMENG)

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

—Thomas A. Edison

First of all, what does technology transfer mean, and why do people get involved in it? There are many somewhat varying definitions, but the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) defines technology transfer as, “the process of transferring scientific findings from one organization to another for the purpose of further development and commercialization.” [1] If you take a deeper look at what the core business of an academic institution is, it is generation and dissemination of knowledge. Technology transfer is indeed a part of that general agenda, and thus becomes an intricate part of core business of research institutions all over the globe, and especially in the United States.

Technology transfer occurs in many ways, be it through research publications, conference presentations, or through increasingly more sophisticated concerted institutional efforts coordinated by academic technology transfer offices....


Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Technology Transfer Office Fiscal Year Material Transfer Agreement 
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  1. 1.
    The Association of University Technology Managers – About Technology Transfer,
  2. 2.
    The Association of University Technology Managers – FY 2005 Licensing Survey,

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene B. Krentsel
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  1. 1.Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships, State University of New YorkBinghamtonUSA

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