MUST Researchers Transform Ideas into Opportunities
Universities and research institutions are fertile ground for inventions that change the way we live. Google, vitamin D-fortified milk, life-saving vaccinations, cancer treatments — they are just a few of the thousands of inventions that each year make the world a better place. But having an idea — even a revolutionary one — isn’t enough. Universities and research institutions need help growing and advancing those discoveries to a final product or service — and that is where technology transfer fits in.
Technology transfer, and the professionals who work in the field, change the world one discovery at a time. They’re responsible for successful innovation management, corporate engagement, protecting and licensing inventions to companies, new venture creation and incubation, and economic development. Simply put, if an innovation or start-up has its roots in a non-profit entity — like a university, hospital or government lab — it’s considered a tech transfer success.
Technology transfer is the process of bringing research outputs from the laboratory to the marketplace. We encourage innovators in the MUST community to protect and commercialize their innovations, and work with them to advance their work into commercial products or services.
MUST’s technologies are available for joint development, patent licensing or other mutually beneficial relationships.
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The technology transfer and development process is not linear, but iterative. Generally, the process includes:
Research in MUST’s laboratories leads to a discovery or invention. This could be a new process, device, composition or technology.
The MUST inventor provides written notice of his or her invention to the technology management. This disclosure begins the technology management process. To avoid loss of rights, disclose your invention before publishing or publicly presenting your research.
A technology manager reviews the disclosure, often conducting an interview with the inventor. The technology manager conducts prior art searches and market and technology assessments to determine the invention’s novelty, marketability and commercial potential.
The technology manager may pursue protection of the invention. Protection may be sought both within the Kenya and abroad, and it may take the form of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret or contractual use restriction.
Development & Scale-Up
In cooperation with the inventor(s), the technology manager may work to refine, validate or otherwise develop the invention and create a proof of concept.
The technology manager works with the inventor(s) to determine the appropriate commercialization pathway and assess barriers to market entry, arriving at a go-to-market strategy. Some inventors can apply for MUST Seed grants
Royalties are distributed between MUST and the inventor(s) according to the university’s IP Policy.
MUST has set up a Technology Transfer Office (TTO). We have been assigned as Commercialization champions by KENIA. Our The TTO assists with the business and models of commercialization