Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC) and the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) announced that the Industry Contracting Office and the Office of Technology Licensing have joined forces. Jilda Garton, Vice President for Research and General Manager of GTRC said, “The new office, (IC)3, will integrate contracting and licensing interactions and create a more business-friendly research program to address Georgia Tech’s strategic goals and global engagement.”
The new group, (IC)3, will consist of three divisions:
- Office of Industry Collaborations and Affiliated Licenses,
- Office of International Contracts and Technology Transfer, and the
- Office of Innovation Commercialization and Translational Research
Terry Stout has been named interim director for Industry Collaborations and Affiliated Licenses, Marie-Christine Reames has been named interim director for International Contracts and Technology Transfer, and Lauren MacLanahan has been named interim director for Licensing and Translational Research. Kevin Wozniak has been named interim executive director for (IC)3.
The alignment of Georgia Tech’s research administration activities across all industry engagements will streamline the process from proposal to commercialization. The new structure will also improve research administration support for researchers and facilitate the pursuit of new funding sources.
As part of this initiative GTRC led the effort to launch www.Industry.GaTech.edu. The site promotes research collaborations and technology transfer opportunities to build successful partnerships between Georgia Tech and the business communities in our region, our country, and around the world.
Both GTRC and OSP are nationally recognized in technology licensing and industry contracting. A recent study measuring effectiveness of US universities’ technology transfer operations ranked Georgia Tech first – providing a firm foundation for (IC)3 to build upon.
In collaboration with VentureLab, the Office of Innovation Commercialization and Translational Research will manage the innovative licensing and facilitation program, GT:IPS™. The Georgia Tech Integrated Program for Startups (GT:IPS™) is a streamlined licensing process open to faculty and students interested in forming a company around a Georgia Tech innovation.