Welcome to the Technology Commercialization Office

Our aim is to effectively transfer technologies that will benefit the university, community, and public.

Where Scholarship and Market Collide

The TCO is a resource and partner for university faculty, staff, and students developing technologies with commercial potential. By working together, the TCO can help form productive, sometimes profitable, business relationships; we're about making connections and advancing ideas.

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What is Technology Commercialization?

Observations and experiments during research often lead to discoveries and inventions that may have commercial applicability. Technology Commercialization protects new innovations through patents and copyrights and seeks to transfer the intellectual property to industry by royalty-bearing license agreements for commercial products that result in economic development and public benefit.

Funding Programs for Translating Innovations into the Commercial Market

Accelerating the transfer of new innovations from Michigan’s universities, hospital systems and nonprofit research centers to the private sector, is at the heart of several early-stage programs supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Entrepreneurship & Innovation initiative.

Join us for an afternoon, beginning with lunch, to learn more about MEDC programs that support the commercialization of innovations with funding, experienced mentorship and industry collaboration. Learn details about the Michigan Translational Research Commercialization (MTRAC) Program Innovation Hubs that support life science, ag bio, advanced transportation and advanced materials technologies statewide. Meet with program directors during targeted presentations and wrap up the afternoon with an educational workshop focused on customer discovery strategies to refine the value proposition for early-stage technologies.

Date:               Wednesday September 26th
Location:         GVSU Robert C. Pew Campus, downtown Grand Rapids
Regency Room, First Floor, E Wing of the DeVos Building

11:30-11:45 – Check-in
11:45-12:45 – Networking lunch (with MEDC program overview from Denise Graves)
1-2pm - MTRAC Program Sessions:

Concurrent Session 1
MTRAC Life Sciences Hub – Michelle Larkin (University of Michigan)
MTRAC AgBio Hub – Kevin McCurren (Michigan State University)

Concurrent Session 2
MTRAC Advanced Materials Hub – Brenda DaCosta (Michigan Tech University)
MTRAC Advanced Transportation – Eric Petersen (University of Michigan)

 2-3pm - Educational Workshop:
“Understanding the Landscape: Using customer discovery to refine the value proposition of your technology” Brad Martin and Jon Servoss (UM Fast Forward Medical Innovation) 


Seating is limited so register early - on or before Wednesday September 19th!
Please RSVP, confirmation of attendance only to gravesd3@michigan.org . Parking details will be shared upon receipt of confirmation of attendance. 

This event is sponsored by the MEDC and is hosted by Grand Valley State University. 


For more information please contact Linda Chamberlain at chambeli@gvsu.edu.

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