Ever wonder how people are able to shift their ideas that originate on paper into real-life inventions that changed the world? Who are these inventors? How are they able to transfer their ideas to impact the world? Join co-hosts Beth Deuermeyer and Jack Manhire on the Idea 2 Impact podcast, presented by Texas A&M University Innovation Partners, where we bring you the inside scoop on how faculty and other community members successfully translate their ideas into inventions, while also teaching, researching, and mentoring other faculty members and students.
Education and Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned from Private Industry Experience
In this episode, Jack and Beth talk with Dr. Matthew Etchells and Dr. Rafael Lara-Alecio about the cross roads of education and commercialization. They discuss STELLA, a program that was developed by CRDLLA and which Innovation Partners helped to license with Frog Street LLC. Dr. Lara-Alecio and Dr. Etchells share how their backgrounds in private industry have shaped their perspectives on research and commercialization, and how commercializing inventions leads to a bigger impact. This episode dives into the impact of education and how it can shape ideas and reach the greatest audience through commercialization.
For more information on CRDLLA, please visit https://crdlla.tamu.edu
Innovation and Policy: How the two work together
In episode 2, our conversation with Anton Howes continues. We dive further into the type of thinking it takes to be an inventor and look at the inventors and innovative thinkers that helped start, and ultimately, led to the Industrial Revolution. We explore policy and the policy recommendations that might come out of Howes' work.
Early Inventors and Historical Surges of Innovation
This week Beth and Jack talk to Dr. Anton Howes who specializes in the study of invention. Anton’s research explores why inventors become innovators, focusing on the lives of the individual innovators who made Britain’s Industrial Revolution happen. Dr. Howes has written several papers and is the author of Arts and Minds, which tells the study of Britain’s subscription-funded national improvement agency, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts. Give this episode a listen to find out one thing many inventors have in common. It may not be what you think! To read more of Anton’s research, subscribe to his blog ‘Age of Invention: The Industry of All Nations’ by going to https://antonhowes.substack.com.
Moving your invention along: The importance of seeking guidance from your tech transfer office
In part 2 of our conversation with Michael Sharer, we disucss Texas A&M Innovation Partner's Translational Investment Fund (TIF), market analysis, and resources avaliable for inventors at different stages. Dr. Sharer explains how TIF offers early stage technologies an opportunity to advance in the market, and further explains the importance of tech transfer offices for the advancement of university technology.
For more information on the Translational Investment Fund, or Texas A&M University Innovation Partners, please visit www.tamuip.tamu.edu.
Learning from Failure: An Entrepreneur's Perspective
In this episode, we delve into the importance of failure in entrepreneurship and how we can learn from it. Associate Vice President for Commercialization, Michael “Mike” Sharer discusses the importance of entrepreneurial training for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. We start out with discussing Mike’s experience in industry prior to moving to Texas, and how he plans to help Innovation Partners continue to grow here at Texas A&M. Mike shares where his interest in innovation sparked from, the importance of researchers knowing about intellectual property, and the multi-faceted knowledge that gives you a head start in commercialization of inventions.
For more information on technology transfer and commercialization at Texas A&M University, please visit www.tamuip.tamu.edu.
'We're here to help': Advice for university inventors working with technology transfer offices
In part 2 of our conversation with Dr. Wei Wan, we discuss specifically the technology transfer process here at Texas A&M. Dr. Wan gives advice to inventors in different stages, from graduate students to seasoned tenured faculty members. She argues for why faculty should be interested in commercialization regardless of whether they are interested in getting their ideas to the market, and discusses how Innovation Partners or other technology transfer offices can help with the process to make it seem less daunting and overwhelming. If you're curious about how licensing managers move ideas from disclosures to the marketplace, you won't want to miss this episode! Head to www.tamuip.edu to learn more about Innovation Partners.