The Tech Transfer IP Forum is devoted to providing in-depth analysis of intellectual property issues related to university and non-profit technology transfer. The forum will focus on life sciences, including biotechnology, chemical, medical device, pharmaceutical, and agricultural-related inventions, and will deliver updates on current domestic and international patent law relevant to technology transfer through blog posts, webinars and podcasts.
Women Deserve Better with Lynn Schmidt
Sexism has existed since people have existed, and despite what you may have heard, the data shows that it’s only getting worse. Thankfully, there are people working hard to change this. One of them is today’s guest, Dr. Lynn Schmidt.
Lynn is a global management consultant, executive coach, best selling author, and keynote speaker who is a passionate advocate for women’s rights. She joins us to discuss her new book, Antisexist, which offers a roadmap for learning about, acknowledging, and managing the biases which serve to uphold sexism.
During our conversation, we cover examples of microaggressions, discrimination harassment, and violence against women, and how all of us can begin to “challenge sexism, champion women’s rights, and create equality.”
“Anger, channeled appropriately, will make things change for women.” So, listen to this episode, and channel your anger to drive change!
In This Episode:
[00:53] Introducing Dr. Lynn Schmidt; global management consultant, executive coach, best selling author, and keynote speaker.
[03:29] Women and career development: the focus of Lynn’s dissertation (and how it influenced the work she is now doing).
[05:07] The motivation behind Lynn’s latest book, Antisexist.
[08:36] An overview of the three sections of the book.
[10:51] Examples of microaggressions, and why they are dangerous.
[14:01] Why some women continue to support the patriarchy, even though it is a sexist system.
[19:40] 135: the number of years it is expected to take for women to achieve parity with men in terms of economic opportunities, political power, education and health.
[21:11] Some battles that were recently won for gender equality, and why Lynn celebrates these with caution.
[24:16] Real world examples (including a personal experience of Lynn’s) that highlight the issue of discrimination in the healthcare system.
[26:27] How the education system is failing women, and subsequently failing society as a whole.
[30:56] The positive impacts that Title 9 has had over the past 50 years in terms of sexual discrmination, and the long road that still lies ahead.
[32:49] Lynn shares the definition of harassment, and examples of what it can look like.
[40:05] The numerous different types of violence against women.
[41:43] How femicide differs from homicide, and horrific statistics of the former.
[45:01] A reason that racism gets more attention than sexism.
[46:04] Exploring sexism through an intersectional lens.
[49:09] Why women should be angry.
[51:30] The prolific nature of sexism, and what we can all do to contribute to eliminating it.
[54:33] You are not alone.
[56:39] Lynn’s thoughts about the future of sexism.
Applying Fundamental Physics to Real World Problems with Matt Garrett
If you are under the impression that the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) is only useful for fundamental physics experiments and doesn’t have any capacity for real-world applications, think again!
Today’s guest, Matt Garrett, is the Director of Technology Transfer and Private Partnerships at SLAC (one of 17 Department of Energy National Laboratories). In today’s episode, Matt explains how SLAC’s linear particle accelerator contributes to science and the enormous potential for societal impact that lies in the lessons that have been learned through its development.
We also discuss the programs at SLAC that are focused on developing entrepreneurial capabilities, Matt’s mission to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the technology transfer community, the importance of place-based innovation, and more!
In This Episode:
[00:53] Introducing Matt Garrett, the Director of Technology Transfer and Private Partnerships at SLAC National Accelerator Lab.
[02:53] Matt’s first foray in the technology transfer space. and how his career evolved from there.
[06:27] The driving force behind the founding of the 17 Department of Energy National Laboratories.
[08:00] Some of SLAC’s most notable achievements, and the value that SLAC brings to the greater scientific community and the world at large.
[12:55] Matt describes the unique way in which the Department of Energy National Labs operates.
[14:08] What Matt’s role at SLAC entails, and an overview of how SLAC is structured.
[19:42] SLAC’s entrepreneurship-focused initiatives.
[23:11] Work that is being done at the laboratory that SLAC developed in collaboration with Toyota.
[26:11] How SLAC’s linear particle accelerator technology is being redesigned and used in different forms.
[28:19] Awareness that Matt is bringing to the scientific community about the benefits of technology transfer.
[31:21] Examples of how SLAC’s developments can be used to benefit society.
[32:19] Matt’s thoughts on the value of technology transfer organizations, and the organizations that he has been involved with.
[36:01] Value that is being created by the Bay Area Laboratory Innovation Networking Center, which SLAC co-founded.
[38:49] Matt’s three wishes for the future of SLAC.
Why We Need to Protect Bayh-Dole with Joe Allen
Bayh-Dole helped the U.S. reverse its downward spiral into irrelevance and become the dominant force that it is today. The world economy is unraveling again, and Joe Allen is a firm believer in the power of the Bayh-Dole Act to turn things around for countries across the world. Not everybody agrees.
Despite the fact that the Bayh-Dole Act is foundational to the U.S. economy, it has been under attack since it was passed in 1980. From day one, Joe Allen has been there to fight the battles on its behalf.
Listen to this episode to hear why protecting Bayh-Dole means protecting innovation.
In This Episode:
[00:52] An overview of Joe Allen’s career, from Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Birch Bayh to leader of the Bayh-Dole Coalition.
[02:12] March-in right requests that have been filed relating to the prostate cancer drug, XTANDI.
[03:15] Why the US patent system is under attack.
[04:10] The profound impact that the Bayh-Dole Act had on the US economy.
[06:09] Joe explains why the Bayh-Dole Act has the provision of a march-in right.
[07:30] Four circumstances under which the government can invoke the march-in provision.
[09:04] Misconceptions held by opponents of the Bayh-Dole Act.
[16:16] The enormity of what is at stake if the march-in relating to XTANDI goes ahead.
[21:20] Attacks that were waged against Bayh-Dole when it was passed.
[23:26] An explanation of the Exceptional Circumstances provision in the Bayh-Dole Act, and how the DOE is trying to take advantage of this.
[30:23] The dangers of micromanagement in the innovation space.
[33:54] How the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine came into existence in such a short space of time.
[39:27] Joe shares his thoughts on COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers.
[43:53] The role that Joe played in assisting South Africa to change its approach to innovation.
[48:04] Joe’s passion for advocating for the Bayh-Dole Act in the US and internationally.
[49:30] A story that epitomizes the driving force behind our economy.
[50:30] Why Joe is optimistic about the future of Bayh-Dole, despite the many reasons not to be.
[53:02] The most effective way to fight back against Bayh-Dole oppressors.
[55:42] A story that highlights the real-world value of the Bayh-Dole Act.
Creating a Technology Transfer Ecosystem in Croatia with Ivana Vuka
The Croatian government has historically not offered a lot of support to its technology transfer sector. However, slowly but surely, things are beginning to change.
Today’s guest is Ivana Vuka, head of the Technology Transfer Office at the University of Split (the second-largest university in Croatia with over 20,000 students), who is part of the drive to create a thriving technology transfer ecosystem in Croatia.
In today’s episode, Ivana and I discuss how she became involved in technology transfer, the people who make up her small team, and the various innovation-related projects that they are a part of. Ivana also shares her hopes for the future of the technology transfer field in Croatia. I’m excited to follow their progress!
In This Episode:
[00:50] Introducing today’s guest, head of the technology transfer office at the University of Split in Croatia, Ivana Vuka.
[02:51] Ivana explains what led her to technology transfer, and an overview of her journey in the field so far.
[05:18] Some details about the University of Split.
[06:26] Comparing technology transfer in Croatia to technology transfer in the US and UK.
[08:09] The lack of government support for technology transfer in Croatia.
[09:06] A recent change in science law in Croatia that will change the technology transfer environment in the country.
[10:01] How Ivana’s office is structured.
[10:40] The EU funded innovation-related projects that Ivana’s office is part of.
[14:05] Ivana shares her office’s technology transfer metrics.
[15:59] Factors that Ivana sees as essential to the success of technology transfer projects.
[17:04] How Ivana and her team support startup’s that come out of the University of Split, and the funding opportunities that are available to them.
[20:33] Some of the corporate partners that the University of Split has formed relationships with.
[24:05] Ivana shares some of the main successes that her office has been responsible for.
[26:20] Changes that Ivana would like to see take place in her office.
[27:27] The University of Split’s gender-equality plans.
[29:03] Ivana’s thoughts on the value of technology transfer organizations and technology transfer credentialing.
[30:32] Ivana’s wish for Croatia’s technology transfer sector in general and her office in particular.
Driving Transformation from Australia to Saudi Arabia with Kevin Cullen
Throughout his career in the technology transfer realm, Kevin Cullen has been driving transformation. From introducing the concept of Easy Access IP at the University of Glasgow and the University of New South Wales, to his current position as Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he is helping Saudi Arabia reach its goal of enhancing global prosperity through focusing on research and innovation in the food, water, energy, and environmental sectors.
Although technology transfer in Saudi Arabia is less developed than it is in the western world, this is not necessarily a disadvantage, and in today’s episode Kevin shares what he greatly admires about KAUST’s approach. He also explains what motivates him to do the work he does, the importance of having an open mind, why universities should focus less on IP licensing and more on professional development and consulting, and more!
KAUST has made incredible progress in the 12 years since its founding, and Kevin has even bigger and bolder plans for its future!
In This Episode:
[00:51] Introducing Kevin Cullen, Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development at KAUST.
[03:53] The philosophy that underpins the work that Kevin does in the technology transfer space.
[04:14] Easy access IP; the role that Kevin played in making this idea more widely accepted.
[06:08] How Kevin ended up at KAUST, and what he greatly admires about the university.
[08:20] An overview of the short history of KAUST and its 4 founding research pillars.
[09:59] Why Kevin thinks universities focus too much on IP (and the elements he thinks they should be prioritizing more).
[12:09] Similarities and differences between the technology transfer sector in Saudi Arabia and in the west.
[14:40] Vision 2030; the Crown Prince’s plan for Saudi Arabia, and how Kevin is helping turn this into a reality.
[20:09] Examples of the diverse range of research coming out of KAUST.
[20:45] The difference between industry-directed and industry-informed research.
[21:37] Progress that KAUST has made with its Entrepreneurship Center and its Investment Fund.
[24:28] The unprecedented attendance at the first MOOC to come out of KAUST.
[29:41] Activities, outcomes, and impact; an explanation of these three measurements that Kevin uses to determine success.
[34:00] The importance of keeping an open mind when working in the technology transfer space.
[37:26] KAUST’s approach to supporting startups (coming from within and outside of the university), and why not everyone should aim to be an entrepreneur.
[41:50] Aspirations that Kevin has for the future of technology transfer at KAUST.
[43:37] KAUST’s main corporate partners and the value that Kevin sees in these partnerships.
[46:55] Why a university’s reputation is its greatest asset.
[47:38] Impactful startups that have come out of KAUST.
[52:26] The biggest challenges that Kevin and his team are currently facing.
[56:19] Programs that KAUST runs that are focused on enhancing gender diversity.
[58:59] Kevin’s involvement in technology transfer organizations, and the value that they provide.
[1:01:28] Wishes that Kevin has for his office.
Social Change Through Academic Entrepreneurship with Jason Roncancio
For Jason Roncancio, and many other academic entrepreneurs in emerging economies, the driving force behind the work they do is their desire to bring about social change within their communities and the world at large.
In today’s episode, Jason shares some of the key lessons that he has learned from his experience working in the biotechnology industry and through the many years he has spent as a researcher focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship..
Jason provides an insightful comparison between the academic entrepreneurship in developed and developing countries, an overview of the different channels through which entrepreneurial universities collaborate with industry, and offers his thoughts on how these entrepreneurial universities can mitigate the challenges that they face as agents for social change.
In This Episode:
[00:50] An overview of Jason Roncancio’s educational and professional background.
[05:05] The inspiration behind the writing of Jason’s book, Entrepreneurial Universities as Agents of Social Change.
[13:06] Jason explains what an entrepreneurial university is, and the catalyst for the creation of these kinds of institutions.
[16:04] How Jason defines social entrepreneurship and social innovation.
[17:14] How entrepreneurial universities in developed countries differ from those in developing countries.
[24:18] The driving forces behind the work being done by academic entrepreneurs in emerging economies.
[30:49] Some of the major challenges being faced by entrepreneurial universities.
[34:02] Jason’s call to action for all universities.
[37:23] Some of the key findings from the research that Jason conducted on university/industry collaborations in Colombia and Bolivia.
[45:26] Innovation, community service learning, co-creation: an overview of these three channels which facilitate university/industry collaborations.
[50:06] Barriers that prevent universities from becoming better agents for social change.
[55:48] The benefits that universities are likely to receive when they make an effort to bring about social change.
[58:20] Jason’s thoughts on what universities can do to become more effective social change agents.
[1:10:41] How Jason plans to broach the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in his future research.
Innovation Center on campus
That was an insightful conversation to starting an innovation center at JSU — way to go HBCUs and AUTM-EDI!