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Presentation to the University of Arizona Alumni Association David N. Allen, Ph.D. Vice President and Executive Director Tech Launch Arizona DavidA@TLA.arizona.edu September 20, 2013
Vision: By 2020, the University of Arizona, through Tech Launch Arizona, will become a recognized national resource for its role in integrating UA created knowledge into tangible economic and social benefit. Mission: The primary mission of TLA is to ensure greater cohesion among the UA research enterprise and the technology business community to significantly enhance the impact of UA research and technological innovation, and assets of the technology parks.
The Propositions and Practices in a Nutshell • Technology Commercialization • Faculty do research • Intellectual property created • UA owns the IP and secures it through patents • University licenses the IP • Economic benefit derived from royalty • Industry research • Applied research supported by a business • Company uses knowledge and technology • Tech Parks • Parks benefit UA through tenants and activities • located at the parks
Just Passed TLA’s First Anniversary • Forming: Fall 2012 • Figure out what’s working and what isn’t • Storming: Winter 2013 • Drafting and revising the strategic plan • Norming: Spring 2013 • Reengineering practices and procedures • Performing: Summer 2013 -> • Building infrastructure for industry engagement • Creating IP and license pipelines
After going in the wrong direction, a step backwards is a step in the right direction.
http://techlaunch.arizona.edu/roadmap • The • Never Settle Roadmap for TLA - 55 • Strategies
Why are there so few strategic plans for technology commercialization? • Bummer of a birthmark, Hal. http://techlaunch.arizona.edu/road-map-metrics
Enhancing Technology Commercialization • (19 Strategies) • Foster a service culture. • Update policies, procedures and practices. • Invest to build our IP Portfolio. • Leverage external communities through Wheelhouse. • Guidance through meaningful metrics. • Increase exposure and understanding about IP. • Create an early stage venture investment fund.
Promoting Industry Sponsored Research and Corporate Collaboration (8 Strategies) • Create sustainable high impact, high value corporate relationships. • Maximize industry sponsored research opportunities. • Increase joint pursuits for Federal awards. • Enhance Technology Parks’ Integration with the Mission of the University (6 Strategies) • Create greater synergy between Tech Parks and University. • New tenants will have meaningful relationships with the University.
Overall TLA Enterprise(22 Strategies) • Develop TLA brand; communicate broadly and genuinely creating brand recognition. • Intensify the base of support among UA leaders and stakeholders. • Work with UA leaders to address and resolve issues. • Continue to build the TLA team. • Direct report to the President.
Current Activities • Initiating the TLA Commercialization Clinic this fall. • Industry sponsored research strategic plan this fall. • Finalizing City of Tucson and TLA Commercialization Network Alliance. • Implementing tech transfer recognition in P&T. • Working with faculty teams on three new industry research/innovation centers. • Completing new IP terms, called Arizona Choice, for industry sponsored research contracts. • Major personnel transitions have occurred; presently completing additions to the TLA team. • Building IP and license pipelines.
Thanks for Listening and What You Can Do • Stay informed • Please sign up for our Newsletter called Fast Forward • At the bottom of our homepage: • http://techlaunch.arizona.edu/ • Google “Tech Launch” • E-mail me at davida@TLA.Arizona.edu • Give me your business card • Become Part of Our Network (Wheelhouse) • We need domain experts, also called • Subject Matter Experts