GRU Tech Transfer relaunches
Monday, April 01, 2013
Posted by: Angela King
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development at Georgia Regents University is relaunching itself with a more modern and mission-driven name – The Office of Innovation Commercialization.
“We are actively marketing and commercializing new technologies which promise to change the future for the better, so this name makes more sense,” said Dr. Chris McKinney, Associate Vice President of Innovation Commercialization at GRU. “It’s a name that reflects how we, as a comprehensive research university, are creating the future of innovation-based new business development --- by inventing that future and bringing it to the marketplace.”
With a core focus on maximizing the value of new intellectual property developed by GRU innovators, OIC staff collaborate with university researchers across all of GRU’s campuses in identifying, protecting, marketing, and licensing new and exciting innovations. That effort goes hand-in-hand with OIC’s daily work with investors and industry partners in bringing new inventions to the world through companies from the Fortune 50 to the newest startup. Through OIC’s efforts, GRU holds a number of commercial licenses with industry partners, an expanding base of patents, and maintains a special focus on promoting innovation commercialization in the Augusta region.
The office also hosts the Life Sciences Business Development Center, a 10,000 square-foot facility including wet labs, offices, shared equipment and common areas. It can house up to five entrepreneurial businesses and offers start up biotech companies a risk-reducing approach to growing their businesses.
For more information, visit www.gru.edu/oic.
Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution. http://www.gru.edu
Jennifer Hilliard Scott
Senior Media Relations Coordinator
Georgia Regents University