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By Mark Wang, Shari Pfleeger, David M. Adamson, Gabrielle Bloom, William Butz, Donna Fossum, Mihal Gross, Charles Kelley, Terrence Kelly, Aaron Kofner, Helga Rippen

Know-how move comprises the new release of cutting edge principles in the course of the sharing of information between federal laboratories, universities, undefined, and govt, and mostly the eventual commercialization of these principles. through higher figuring out know-how move, the govt can achieve elevated advantages from its funding in new applied sciences. The President's Council of Advisors on technological know-how and expertise requested RAND to host a one-day discussion board on expertise move constructed via federal learn and improvement investment. discussion board individuals provided a number of observations on concerns and most sensible practices with regards to profitable expertise move, which the authors summarize and quote verbatim.

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Successful commercialization requires significantly more than a good idea or new technology. Developing a successful product requires, among other things, effective management, strategy, timing, and marketing. Coordination among many organizations, some with widely varying missions, is a significant challenge. ” “Industries take risks that the universities or national labs don't take, or don't have to take. Those [risks] are related to development, scale up, and investment in capital. That means if the commercial product is not successful, those investments are wasted.

The diversity of the federal laboratories was a repeated example of attendees not wanting generalized discussions. For instance, processes that work for the pharmaceutical industry may not be applicable to agricultural products. “Make important discriminating points between agencies, type of funding, and type of subject matter. It's a giant mistake to have a report about technology transfer that compares and pushes together NIH and federal labs. ” • Employees at the federal laboratories feel less incentive than their counterparts in universities or industry to contribute to technology transfer.

Agricultural transfer programs involving county extension agents or land-grant universities). In addition, some PCAST members mentioned that the “donation” of technologies from the private sector to universities was an increasing form of technology transfer. The military also includes within its definition of outgoing technology transfer the sale of military equipment to allied foreign governments. S. S. workforce is frequently discussed as being a form of technology transfer, the movement of graduates to foreign countries is not.

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