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technology transfer an alternative career path

Technology Transfer:An Alternative Career Path

Presented by the

Offices of Biotechnology

and Business Development


May 6, 2008

technology transfer
“Technology Transfer”
  • Definition
    • “Technology Transfer is the process of transferring scientific findings from one organization to another for the purpose of further development and commercialization.”

– Association of University Technology Managers

our offices
Our Offices

The Office of Biotechnology serves as the

Technology Transfer office

of the College.  The office facilitates licensing of College technology to industry and research collaborations between industry and faculty.

The Office of Business Development is focused on capturing and/or developing novel or more aggressive Technology Transfer opportunities.

technology transfer offices
Technology Transfer Offices
  • TTOs can be found where research is conducted
    • Universities, businesses, non-profit organizations (i.e., NIH, foundations, etc.)
  • TTOs can also be referred to as:
    • Office of Industrial Liaison
    • Technology Commercialization Office
    • Science and Technology Ventures
    • Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Relations
    • Business Development Office
    • Academic Liaison
    • Office of Scientific Affairs
    • Department of Translational Research
    • …and more…
typical structure of a tto
Backgrounds and experiences

Very diverse

Educational degrees

Science, business, law

Roles and responsibilities have a lot of cross-over


Assess novelty of invention (prior art searches)


Highlight value proposition of invention and contact appropriate commercial partners


Negotiate agreement terms with commercial partners and draft agreement

Typical Structure of a TTO
david schoenhaut ph d assistant director
David Schoenhaut, Ph.D. Assistant Director

Interest in new technologies, biotech & pharma industry developments, non-incremental science, & “daily news”

  • Educational background
    • B.A. Biology (NYU), Ph.D. Biology-Molecular (UPenn)
  • Career path
    • Post-doc at Roche
      • “teamwork”, cross-licensing collaborations
    • R&D/scientist at big pharma
    • Consultant – Business Development
    • Director, Technology Affairs at start-up biotech
  • Academic Technology Transfer at Einstein
    • Benefits and comparison
david silva ph d sr business development analyst
David Silva, Ph.D. Sr. Business Development Analyst
  • Educational background
    • B.S. in Microbiology - UMass at Amherst
    • Ph.D. in Biochemistry - BU School of Medicine
  • Factors that influenced career decision
    • Personal and professional
  • Working in Technology Transfer
    • Employers, roles, responsibilities, etc.
  • Industry v. Academia
    • Organizations, politics, responsibilities, etc.
  • Responsibilities at Einstein
final thoughts
Final Thoughts
  • Technology Transfer
    • Provides a personally rewarding and challenging career
    • Resides at the intersection of business/law/science-engineering
    • Requires both business skills/common sense as well as effective communication skills
    • Offers diverse projects and playing diverse roles within their organizations/employers
    • Has potential to make a large positive impact!
  • Is this a career path you should consider?
advice tips
Advice & Tips
  • Acquaint yourself with patents and their significance
  • Collaborate on industry projects (if possible)
  • Work in area of medical applications/drug discovery
    • Emphasize biomedical vs. biological research
    • Mammalian systems
  • Engage in multidisciplinary projects
  • Develop concise technical & business communication skills (written and spoken)
additional resources
Additional Resources
  • Association of University Technology Managers (
  • Licensing Executives Society (
  • US Patent and Trademark Office (
  • Biotechnology Industry Organization (
  • Journal of Technology Transfer (
  • New York Biotechnology Association (
technology transfer internship program t 2 ip


Technology Transfer Internship Program (T2IP)
  • Open to Ph.D. students that have (or will have) submitted theses prior to June 2009
  • Gain Technology Transfer knowledge and business development experience
  • Unpaid position with flexible hours
  • Program expected to run from mid-June to mid-September
  • Applications are due no later than Thursday, May 28, 2009
  • Additional information can be found at:
thank you

Thank You

Any Questions?

Offices of Biotechnology

and Business Development

1300 Morris Park Avenue

Room 908, Belfer Building

Tel: (718) 430-3357

Fax: (718) 430-8938