Innovation from the university cannot reach the community by working in isolation. The UMass Lowell Office of Technology Commercialization draws upon the resources of several other organizations for assistance in accomplishing its mission. These partner organizations provide best practices in technology transfer as well as veteran business development and venture capital expertise in our external advisory board.
The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center was created in 2004 as a program in the Massachusetts Economic Stimulus Bill. Its goal is to support technology transfer activities from public and private research institutions to companies in Massachusetts. To achieve this goal, the Center works with technology transfer offices at Massachusetts research institutions; faculty, researchers, and students who have commercially promising ideas; and companies across the Commonwealth.
MASSACHUSETTS CLEAN ENERGY CENTER (MassCEC)
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is a publicly-funded agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Since it began operating in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations, creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers.
The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine Food Forum convenes scientists, administrators, and policymakers from academia, government, industry, and public sectors on an ongoing basis to discuss problems and issues related to food, food safety, and regulation and to identify possible approaches for addressing those problems and issues. The Forum provides a unique way to identify areas of concordance among these diverse interest groups. It does not make recommendations, nor does it offer specific advice. It does compile information, develop options, and bring interested parties together.
MATTO was created to promote efficient and effective transfer of knowledge and technology developed at academic institutions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to companies that will develop and bring novel products to market for the public good. Membership is open to all not-for-profit research institutions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Currently, thirty-one institutions belong to MATTO. These institutions employ over 125 professionals in their offices of technology transfer.
MATTO provides a vehicle to address issues affecting the technology transfer profession as a whole in Massachusetts; Professional development training for its members; and events that showcase early stage technologies developed at academic institutions in Massachusetts such as:
The Massachusetts Technology Portal is a unified search engine serving as a one-stop shop for technologies available for license from Massachusetts research institutions. The Portal is a joint project of MATTO and the MTTC. The development and implementation of the portal has been paid for by the MTTC, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Biomedical Research Institute, Boston University, Brandeis University, Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University, Joslin Diabetes Center, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, Northeastern University, The Schepens Eye Research Institute, and Tufts University.
ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY MANAGERS (AUTM)
The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing research to life by supporting and enhancing the global academic technology transfer profession through education, professional development, partnering and advocacy. AUTM's more than 3,200 members represent managers of intellectual property from more than 300 universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals around the world as well as numerous businesses and government organizations. The core purpose of AUTM is to support and advance academic technology transfer globally.