Adam Levy finds out about technology-transfer offices, and how they can help scientist entrepreneurs.

When it comes to commercializing university research, Kelly Sexton describes how she and her technology-transfer colleagues are in the “relationship business” — introducing entrepreneurs to potential investors, licensing partners and mentors. Another crucial aspect of the role, she explains, is assessing when might be the best time for a scientist to apply for translational research funding.

Sexton, who is associate vice-president for research — technology transfer and innovation partnerships at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is joined by scientists who describe their involvement with tech-transfer teams, and the services they found most useful.

This episode is part of Business of science, a six-part podcast series exploring how to commercialize your research and launch a spin-off.

The series looks at investor pitches, patents, scaling up and how to survive the inevitable setbacks along the way.

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