Medical Device Translation: Traversing the University-Industry Environment (Video) Event as iCalendar


31 May 2016

4 - 5pm

Venue: Ground Floor Seminar Room (G10)

Location: 70 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

A Bioengineering seminar by Professor David W. Grainger, University of Utah, USA; Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of Otago, NZ


Technology translation to validated application and the eventual transfer of this technology to commercialization is now a common expectation for academics across a broad variety of disciplines. Many models for translation are proposed and only a few are notable successes: despite over 300 dedicated academic technology transfer offices in USA universities, few of these entities generate revenues from commercialization activities sufficient to offset their operating costs. Utah has a unique model for technology translation with some interesting performance metrics to date in getting faculty and students to innovate and translate, as well as in getting home-spun new technology licensed. This talk will describe the Utah model and some personal examples of medical device translation.


Read Professor Grainger's profile here.


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