Category: Interview

Ian McClure: University of Kentucky

For the 50th episode of Talking Tech Transfer, we are excited to bring you a discussion between Ian McClure, the associate vice-president for research, innovation and economic impact at University of Kentucky, the executive director of its commercialisation office UK Innovate and the incoming chairman of AUTM, and Orin Herskowitz, senior vice-president of intellectual property and tech transfer for Columbia University.

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Karin Immergluck: Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing

Stanford may be a recognised world leader, but it must not rest on its laurels – sometimes that even means launching initiatives that others have long been doing. That is just one of the lessons Karin Immergluck, executive director of Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), tells us today on Talking Tech Transfer.

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Andy Shenk: Auckland UniServices

Andy Shenk, chief executive of Auckland UniServices, the commercialisation subsidiary of University of Auckland, joins us on Talking Tech Transfer to discuss how the office collaborates with the Māori people and why that matters, what the opportunities and challenges are around big data and AI, and why being a remote country is an asset for space tech.

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Alice Li: Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University

Alice Li is the executive director of the Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) at Cornell University and she joins us on Talking Tech Transfer to discuss how this Ivy League institution remains agile and open to experimentation, what questions the profession needs to ask today to be prepared for the future and what the challenges and opportunities are for a university with multiple campuses.

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Albert Domingo: UPF Ventures

Albert Domingo is the director of technologies and digital areas at UPF Ventures, the spinout management arm of Pompeu Fabra University, and he joins us to discuss the opportunities and challenges of building an ecosystem in Barcelona.

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Riam Kanso: Conception X

Riam Kanso is the founder and CEO of Conception X, a non-profit organisation in the UK that helps PhD students develop their entrepreneurial skillsets and launch deeptech startups. She tells us about how Conception X grew out of a pilot programme at University College London, why not taking any equity in the portfolio companies is an advantage and how Conception X’s offering fits into the wider technology transfer ecosystem.

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Otomar Sláma: Charles University Innovations Prague

Otomar Sláma is the chairman of Charles University Innovations Prague, the commercialisation subsidiary of Charles University, and he joins us today to talk about how his passion led him to become only the second person in the Czech Republic to gain RTTP accreditation and why it will take a societal culture shift to drive entrepreneurship in the country – and why that has led him to support a programme aimed at high-school students.

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Rohan McDougall: Curtin University

Rohan McDougall is the director of commercialisation at Curtin University and he joins us to discuss the challenges faced by a remote ecosystem such as Perth.

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Alexis Dormandy: Oxford Science Enterprises

Alexis Dormandy has been the chief executive of Oxford Science Enterprises, the investment company set up by University of Oxford, since January this year and he joins us to talk about the changes he has already enacted (which included rebranding the organisation from its original name of Oxford Sciences Innovation), what he plans to do next (such as surveying the portfolio to understand how to increase diversity) and the importance of building businesses that can rival the Microsofts and Intels of the world.

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David Coleman: University of Birmingham Enterprise

David Coleman is the chief executive of University of Birmingham Enterprise, and he’s a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion. That is just one of the topics covered in this interview –he also tells about the importance of MICRA and its ambition to raise a fund, how the TTO has grown over the years and also manages a research park, life science incubator and engages with local entrepreneurs, and why Birmingham is the place where he has ended up staying for more than a decade after working for several other universities previously.

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