Towards a New Generation of Engaged Universities:
The Need to Act, Adapt and Transform

16th – 18thApril, 2024 | Kempinski Central Avenue (Formerly the Address Dubai Mall), Dubai, UAE

Focus Group 3

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Focus Group Title: “Innovation and Technology Transfer: From University to Industry ”
Date: 16th of November, 2017
Time: 9:am – 12:30 pm
Location: Ruby
Moderator: Dr. Joel Armando, Sr. Educational Consultant, International Consulting Services, Blackboard Inc.
Hanny Alshazly, Senior Regional Director, Blackboard Inc.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=\”.vc_custom_1507011243117{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}\”][vc_column_text]Focus Group Brief:

Technology transfer is defined as “the process of transferring scientific findings from one organization to another for the purpose of further development and commercialisation” (The Association of University Technology Managers).  The process typically includes: Identifying new technologies; protecting technologies through patents and copyrights and forming development and commercialization strategies such as marketing and licensing to existing private sector companies or creating new startup companies based on the technology.

Technology transfer is the first step towards technology commercialization; which implies that unless a technology is actually used, it has not been successfully transferred and will not ultimately provide public benefits.

University technology transfer activities are increasingly recognized as an important source of regional economic development and revenue for the university. The setting up of research laboratories, venture incubators, startup accelerators and emphasis on entrepreneurial programs within universities have all provided a fertile ground for originating, transferring and  commercializing new discoveries not only in technology but also in other disciplines such as science, medicine, engineering etc. But the process of turning great ideas into great startups with great investment potential can be as challenging at times as it is rewarding. There

are key underpinnings required to promote successful innovation and technology transfer. Universities must be able to provide the infrastructure to support technology transfer and commercialization and define the entire process whereby technology is transferred from universities to the commercial sector. They need to be able to recognize the realities of the business world that will enable them to do more than simply procuring a a patent and look for someone to license it to.

Key Questions to be address during the Focus Group Include:

  • What are the critical factors for boosting technology transfer and commercialization within universities?
  • What models and frameworks for technology transfer have proven to be most successful?
  • What are the key challenges that face technology transfer and commercialization within the region? To which extent is the issue of patent and copyrights hindering technology transfer and innovation in the region?
  • What have been the accomplishments and results of the technology transfer activities of universities within the region?
  • How do universities provide incentives to companies to develop university technologies into commercial products?

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