Training & Education

The Office of Industry Engagement hosts classes and seminars to help Georgia Tech researchers learn about key issues and best practices in technology transfer. We have covered numerous topics, such as conflict of interest, copyright, regulatory issues, company formation, and much more. The following resources are available for all Georgia Tech innovators and entrepreneurs who wish to learn more about these topics.

Georgia Tech Integrated Program for Startups (GT:IPS®)

The Georgia Tech Integrated Program for Startups is a streamlined training program and licensing process available to all Georgia Tech faculty and students interested in forming a company around a Georgia Tech innovation. Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible for GT:IPS® licensing of Georgia Tech technologies. A GT:IPS® license is an express license that eliminates the negotiating process, dramatically reducing the time required to finalize a licensing deal. GT:IPS® licensees also have access to the best commercially reasonable terms that GTRC can provide. Presentations from some of the training sessions are now available online (see below). Please note that these files are password protected and available exclusively to Georgia Tech personnel.

  • GT:IPS® — Business Opportunity: Identifying and memorializing the business aspects of a startup company is vital. This course addresses how to identify your company’s business opportunity and prepare a business plan, from anticipating the potential market to defining exit strategies. Instructor: Keith McGreggor, Director, VentureLab (PDF | Audio file)
  • GT:IPS® — Company Creation: Where do I start in forming a new company? This course addresses this question by discussing topics such as the different types of corporate structures, how to incorporate, and how to identify your company’s team taught from a corporate lawyer’s perspective. Instructor: Lynn Scott, Partner at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP (PowerPoint)
  • GT:IPS® — Conflict of Interest: Led by the Director of Conflict of Interest Management, this session provides an outline of the guidelines of Georgia Tech’s conflict of interest policy and the COI review process. In addition, the course provides participants from the Georgia Tech community a foundation of how to identify a potential conflict of interest, the potential effects on ongoing research, and possible solutions to manage them. Instructor: Jeff Steltzer, Director of Conflict of Interest Management (PowerPoint | Audio file)
  • GT:IPS® – Copyright: Learn about the basics of copyright law, including what is protectable by copyright, how to secure a copyright, and what advantages copyright protection provides. In particular, this course focuses on copyright issues pertaining to software code, design drawings, and other technical reports and data. Instructor: Todd Deveau, Partner at Thomas Horstemeyer (PowerPoint)
  • GT:IPS® – Early Stage Funding: This course discusses very early/seed stage funding opportunities for startups. If your company is not quite ready to apply for SBIR or STTR funds, there are a number of other funding sources that can be tapped. The instructors provide an overview of these sources, discuss eligibility, and provide guidance on allowable uses of the money. Instructor: Ben Hill, Principal, VentureLab (PDF | Audio file)
  • GT:IPS® – Nondilutive Funding: University-related startup companies have a variety of potential funding sources. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants and contracts annually account for $2.3 billion in seed funding awarded to small businesses to perform research and development. SBIR/STTR awards are granted by 11 different federal agencies and are critical to small emerging technology companies as they prepare their technology for commercial application. However, the submission and award processes for this mechanism are different from the academic grant mechanism, and the funding rate is only 10 to 15%. Instructor: Julie Collins, Startup Catalyst, VentureLab (PowerPoint | Audio file)
  • GT:IPS® – Patenting Strategies: My company wants to file a patent application, so where, when, and how do I do so? This class focuses on topics to consider in deciding when to file a patent application and in what countries, as well as prosecution strategies that a company may consider in best protecting its intellectual property. (PowerPoint | Audio file)
  • GT:IPS® – Panel of Entrepreneurs
    Led by Jeffrey McConnell, Whisper Communications, LLC (software startup); Steve Chaddick, Ridgewood Advisors, LLC (software and devices); Daniel White, Clearside BioMedical, Inc. (biotech startup). Three experienced entrepreneurs and angel investors discuss a variety of topics, from factors involved in choosing whether to fund a startup to how to present your company to attract investors. (Audio file)
  • GT:IPS® – Intellectual Property
    Learn about the basics in the process of securing a United States patent from filing to issuance from Ryan Schneider, a partner in Troutman Sanders’ Intellectual Property Group. This session will explain the patent process as well as the role of the inventor in working with patent counsel. This course will also address how to conduct and make use of prior art and freedom to practice searches, as well as strategies to consider in filing foreign patent applications. (Video file)
  • GT:IPS® – Overview of FDA Regulation of Medical Devices
    This presentation will provide a basic overview of the regulatory requirements for medical devices. It will cover the laws that regulate medical devices, post-market surveillance requirements, labeling and promotion of medical devices, and interactions with the FDA. (PowerPoint | Video file)

FDA Symposium: Medical Devices and the FDA

On January 24, 2013, Georgia Tech hosted an FDA Symposium entitled “Medical Devices and the FDA – Tips for Researchers.” The symposium provided Georgia Tech faculty, researchers, and students with an overview of the types of medical devices and apps that are subject to FDA regulations and guidelines. The presenters also offered best practices to ensure compliance with those processes during research and commercialization. The presentations and audio file from this event are now available online (see below). Please note that these files are password protected and available exclusively to Georgia Tech personnel.

  • FDA: What It Is, What It Does. Gary Dykstra, Director, Biomedical Continuing Education and Strategic Planning, College of Pharmacy, University of Georgia (PowerPoint)
  • Overview of FDA Regulation of Medical Devices. William Kitchens, Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP (PowerPoint)
  • GMP Compliance for Devices: Introduction to Quality System Regulations “QSR.” Marie Mathews, FDA Compliance Officer (PowerPoint)
  • Mobile Apps: Will FDA Regulate the Cool Stuff? Bradley Merrill Thompson, Epstein Becker & Green, PC (PowerPoint)
  • Medical Device Approval Process: Sponsor Burdens During Regulatory Approval Process. Linda Braddon, Ph.D., CEO, Secure BioMed Evaluations (PowerPoint)
  • FDA Symposium. “Medical Devices and the FDA – Tips for Researchers.”January 24, 2013 (Audio file)
Note: The presentations and recordings on this Web page are provided for educational purposes only and do not constitute legal or business advice. The information may not reflect the views of the speaker’s employer and/or GTRC. Accessing this information does not create an attorney-client relationship and you are encouraged to retain your own attorney to provide legal counsel and advice. In addition, the information contained in these presentations was accurate at the time of recording; however, certain rules and regulations may have changed.