Wayne State Technology Commercialization (TC) is responsible for the identification, protection, marketing and licensing of intellectual property (e.g., patents, unique biological or other materials, and certain copyrights) developed by WSU faculty, staff and students. The TC Office promotes an entrepreneurial culture and supports start-up ventures and regional economic development.  TC also negotiates Material Transfer Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements and reviews the Intellectual Property terms of Sponsored Research Agreements.

The goal of Technology Commercialization is to comprehensively manage and aggressively pursue technology transfer activities to support the faculty and the university in translating innovative ideas from the university to the marketplace. As part of continuing improvement, TC has added three new programs to support technology validation, venture development and entrepreneurial education:

  • The “Technology Development Incubator ” provides access to proof of concept funding and industry expertise to expeditiously advance inventions through the early technical and commercial  feasibility assessments and milestones. Proposals are reviewed and ranked by external industry reviewers, independent of TC. Technology Commercialization is now accepting Letters of Intent until May 21, 2014 for the current round. Visit http://www.techtransfer.wayne.edu/news.php?id=14097 for details.
  • The Mentors-in-Residence program employs experienced entrepreneurs with specialized industry and venture expertise to assist the faculty and TC in the creation of high growth potential start-ups.
  • The Innovation Fellows Program is designed to generate the next generation of entrepreneurial scientists for high tech industry with the skills and knowledge to advance technology from the bench to the marketplace. We are currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Innnovation Fellows Program (until May 16, 2014). Please see: http://techtransfer.wayne.edu/ifp_announcement_letter_final.pdf

TC manages all aspects of the technology transfer process including the encouragement, assessment, intellectual property protection and licensing of inventions; the post-licensing oversight of agreement compliance; distribution of royalties and fees; and record keeping for all aspects of WSU intellectual property technology transfer. In addition, TC is engaged in entrepreneurship training and local economic development  and interfaces with Tech Town, the WSU incubator, supporting startup companies founded on WSU technologies.

The goal of WSU Technology Commercialization is to provide high level, quality assistance and services to WSU researchers and our industry partners to maximize the availability of next generation technologies that will benefit society worldwide.


For current opportunities in technology development and/or funding with industry or government please visit:

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