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Strategic Plan for Technology Commercialization Office

Mission

The Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) protects and advances GVSU intellectual property (IP), facilitates the establishment of key collaborations in support of scholarship, and catalyzes innovation opportunities for faculty, students and staff to help fulfill the University mission to educate students and serve the public good.

Vision

A thriving ecosystem of support for GVSU faculty, students and staff pursuing innovative works.

Value Statement

- Excellence at the university level depends upon active student and faculty scholarship. - Innovation and excellence in scholarship are integral to teaching, learning, service, and leadership. - Basic and applied research, artistic expression and performance, and other forms of scholarship contribute to the development and application of knowledge, and create a dynamic environment for learning. - Excellent Customer Service!

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

Objective 1.2: Engage faculty, students and staff in the Customer Discovery Program for early stage strategic fit for commercialization

Baseline

Measure 1.1.2: Number of teams: 0 Measure 1.1.2: Number of teams advancing to national level: 0

Progress

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
We have shifted our technology assessment model to contracting with external specialists in market. This was to expedite review of GVSU intellectual property options. The Customer Discovery Program, while fruitful, requires a cohort of projects (and faculty champions, student and instructors), the collecting of which causes too much delay in assessment. There is conversation with Seidman College of Business about offering the CDP as a 1-credit course which would provide students and course instructors, leaving just recruitment of projects and faculty champions. Much more efficient process and opportunity for regularity (setting expectations).

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The Customer Discovery Program is a collaborative effort between CSCE/TCO, the Seidman College of Business, and the City of Grand Rapids Smartzone. In 2015 and 2016, NSF proposals to designate GVSU as a "site" were submitted. While grant reviewer feedback was positive, the proposals were not funded. With limited funding available to support the team work required in the Customer Discovery process, in 2017 we moved to an individual coaching model for select projects (versus a cohort). Through this model, TCO managed four different Customer Discovery projects working directly with inventors/student teams. For two of the projects we recruited engineering students seeking independent study credit.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 2.C.1

Objective 2.2: Participate in state-wide Technology Transfer Network activities to access designated funding for State of Michigan technology transfer services.

Baseline

Measure 2.2.1: MCRN/SCIA: $ 21,000 SCIP: $381,780

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
TCO continues to participate in T3N Network, representing GVSU. Beyond sharing of state-wide best practices, doing so provides access to State-funding for commercial advancement of GVSU technologies, as well as internships and support to industry-sponsored research. Through active engagement we were successful in reducing the match requirement for GVSU from 50% to 10% for proof-of-concept grant funding. We also successfully secured funding for mentors-in-residence to support GVSU work with Spectrum Health, and creation of a post-doc position for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Through Tech Transfer Network (T3N), the TCO was able to secure the following grant funding: - Personnel ($25,000 postdoc (Taylor), $10,000 MIR (TCO), $2,500 (shared services) - Research Proof of Concept ($25,000, Advanced award Taylor) - MCRN/SCIA ($21,000 internship program) - MCRN/SCIP ($164,680; three companies working with aMDI)

Objective 2.C.2

Objective 3.2: Provide support for Industry-sponsored matchmaking.

Baseline

Measure 3.2.1: Not initiated Measure 3.2.2: Not initiated

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
An industry "Front Door" Working Group was established in June 2018 to focus on defining the most efficacious model to support increasing the marketing and ultimately the number of industry-sponsored projects at GVSU. Multiple issues were identified, including resourcing projects and support infrastructure. Working continues with this Working Group through 2019.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
TCO has supported development and negotiation for 13 industry sponsored projects in 2017, resulting in $262,700 in revenues.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 2.D.1

Goal 1: Provide best practice services in the protection and advancement of strategically relevant intellectual property, and next-steps planning for commercialization. Objective 1.1: Facilitate review and decision-making related to GVSU invention from curricular and research pursuits of GVSU faculty, students, and staff.

Baseline

Measure 1.1.1: 1 Measure 1.1.2: 4 Measure 1.1.3: 0

Progress

2018 Status
Achieved
TCO continues to support GVSU faculty and students in protection of intellectual property assets.

2017 Status
Achieved
Number of invention disclosures submitted and assessment completed; 3 in 2017 Number of provisional patents filed, provisional patents converted, and patents issued; provisional patents filed: 2; provisional patents converted: 5; patents issued: 0 Number of patents transacted, i.e. licensed or GVSU spin-out businesses: two licensing transactions pending from 2017 filings

Objective 2.D.2

Objective 2.1: Support implementation of the 1) Laker Match and 2) Commercialization Fund designated for key next-steps for commercial translation of research.

Baseline

Measure 2.1.1: Completed; guidelines issued Measure 2.2.2: In process Measure 2.2.3: Initiated Jan 2018

Progress

2017 Status
Achieved
Both the Laker Match Fund and the Laker Commercialization Fund were launched in 2017. Both are funded through CSCE, and require 30% of the match request to originate from the requesters unit.

Objective 2.D.3

Objective 2.3: Participate in regional grant sourcing activities to access funding directed to advancement of high technology activities at the University.

Baseline

Measure 2.3.1: LDFA Grant Awards: $1.3M

Progress

2017 Status
Achieved
We were successful in supporting receipt of award of $1.3M from the City of Grand Rapids, Local Development Finance Authority. These monies will fund three projects, two engaged in community collaborations.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 3.E.1

Objective 4.1: Develop an effective internal TCO communication platform that supports GVSU faculty, students and staff, seeking services.

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Not Yet initiated.

Objective 3.E.2

Objective 4.2: Develop an effective external TCO communication platform that supports GVSU faculty, students and staff, seeking services.

Baseline

Measure 4.2.1: Completed with CSCE review. Measure 4.2.2: In progress through engagement with Advertising/PR capstone project.

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
A TCO communication platform for internal and external services is under development in 2018.

Objective 3.E.3

Objective 5.1: Conduct a gap analysis of all TCO processes to determine appropriate models for effectiveness and resourcing.

Baseline

Measure 5.1.1: Not yet initiated Measure 5.1.2: Not yet initiated Measure 5.1.3: Not yet initiated

Progress

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The TCO completed a peer institutional benchmark analysis of technology transfer and business engagement processes and services.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 4.C.1

Objective 3.1: Gain University commitment for industry-relations front door centralized at TCO.

Baseline

Measure 3.1.1: Not initiated

Progress

2017 Status
Achieved
A University "Front Door" Committee was established and met six (6) times during the months of April-August 2017.

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