The CURF team attended the 2023 Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas last week. AUTM is a global network of technology transfer professionals who work to promote and support the transfer of academic research to industry for the benefit of society. The CURF team had the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops and roundtable discussions focused on various aspects of technology transfer and technology commercialization. These sessions covered topics such as intellectual property management, licensing, start-up company formation, and industry partnerships. As a result of their attendance, the CURF team was able to gain valuable insights and strategies to better serve Clemson University in the technology transfer and technology commercialization process. Additionally, the meeting provided opportunities to network with other professionals in the field, allowing the CURF team to expand their knowledge and resources for the benefit of the Clemson research enterprise.
Notably, Senior Deputy Director Chase Kasper moderated a panel titled "Reimagining the TTO: From Technology Transfer to Knowledge Transfer." This discussion was a follow-up to the previous year's popular conversation on the evolution of the tech transfer profession and aimed to explore the future of the field as it adapts to industry's ever-growing expectations. In addition, the panelists discussed how the continued mission growth of universities and increased federal expectations resulting from the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 will shape the future of academic tech transfer. CURF was grateful for the opportunity to moderate this important discussion and share their experience and expertise.