30th Anniversary

Emory OTT Celebrates 30 Years in 2015!

Thirty years ago technology transfer was just an experiment. The theory was that a lot of innovation was coming out of federal funded research, but it was all owned by the federal government and sitting on their shelves. So the country embarked upon a pretty novel approach outlined in the Bayh-Dole Act – putting ownership of these innovations in the hands of the university. That birthed the profession of technology transfer.

Thirty years ago here at Emory the seeds of technology transfer began fairly simply with no dedicated staff but rather through another existing office, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and perhaps under the infamous moniker of “other duties as assigned.” Since that inauspicious beginning the office has evolved significantly to become a well-known and sophisticated technology transfer program.

We hope you will join us throughout the year as we celebrate 30 years of Emory innovation by highlighting ground-breaking research that has come through our office and how it has positively impacted lives. We will also share stories and milestones from the office that were steps on our path to becoming the premier program we are today. Look to our blog site for a series of posts, one each month, highlighting important “firsts.” Finally, there will also be anniversary posts on our Twitter (hashtag #OTT30) and Facebook accounts. (Visit the Welcome Blog link to the right for the full piece.)

Todd Sherer
Executivce Director