Technology Transfer

The Center for Life Science Enterprise has been very actively transferring knowledge and technology out of Cornell University labs and into the public domain. 

Examples of recent successes include: Patents by CAT funded faculty

See more on our business development webpages

Liaison to navigating Cornell's Center for Technology Licensing (CTL)

The Cornell CAT works closely with CTL to assist faculty to file disclosures, and companies in licensing Cornell technologies. It is extremely important for companies and faculty members to settle any intellectual property issues before starting work on a project.

CTL is responsible for the management of intellectual property owned by Cornell that arises from work of Cornell appointees performed in fulfillment of their university responsibilities. Cornell appointees are required to disclose their inventions to CTL in writing. CTL will commercialize and if necessary, diligently protect the property rights of the disclosed inventions. Learn about how the technology transfer process and the licensing process work at Cornell.

Forms you may need:

Tell Cornell about your new idea: invention disclosure forms

MTA (Material Transfer Agreements): these are approved through the Office of Sponsored Programs 

Before initiating detailed discussions with industrytemplates for confidentiality agreements

Other helpful tips:

  • Research and Development and Grantwriting Newsletter has tips for writing NSF Career award proposals, SBIR grants, answering DARPA solicitations, NSF Review Panels and more. With a section geared to grad students and postdocs, and links to more resources.
  • See this helpful Researcher's Guidebook to learn about how to have more successful academic-industry collaborations. Written by the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership.
  • How is the new 'First-to-File' legislation likely to impact you, whether you are a principal investigator, post-doc or technician? Learn more about the America Invents Act (AIA).