2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2008 - 11th Annual

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Technology development and tech transfer in the Nanotechnology Institute – A comprehensive model for nano-based development

R.W. Carpick, T. Heesakker, E. Chen, A.P. Green, K. Pourrezaei
University of Pennsylvania, US

commercialization, IP, industry-university partnerships

The Nanotechnology Institute (NTI) is a unique academic research and technology commercialization collaboration funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founded in 2001 by the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP), the NTI has established an innovative structure within which twelve regional universities collaborate at the faculty and administrative levels to promote nanotechnology research that has potential payoff in economic development. The NTI, being the first organization to do so, is a model that has been recognized and emulated elsewhere. By eliminating barriers between institutions and disciplines, and focusing on technology transfer and commercial outcomes, the NTI has brought talent to bear on specific technology areas, yielding an increase in intellectual property creation. A critical step in this direction has been the development of a universal IP policy and sponsored research agreement template for all the partner universities in the NTI program. We will describe the NTI model and discuss the most recent progress made toward commercializing nanotechnology research.

Nanotech 2008 Conference Program Abstract