Exploring Business Collaborations

The Office of Technology Management (OTM) is the link between the UMMS faculty and industry for the purpose of taking ideas from dreams to reality, from drawing board to market.

For the faculty, it evaluates technologies, shepherds them through the patenting process, identifies potential industry collaborators and negotiates agreements for funded research and other commercial relationships.

For industry, it serves as a central repository for information about inventions and potential research collaborations and as a sophisticated partner in negotiating agreements.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School's Office of Technology Management is committed to promptly and effectively facilitating the commercial development of intellectual property arising at the Medical School, believing that the continued development of innovative research and creative discovery benefits the inventor, the University, the commonwealth and the world. Comprising individuals with a blend of scientific, technical, legal and business acumen, the OTM staff provides an array of services related to the commercialization of intellectual property. Staff directly facilitates the processing of material transfer agreements (MTAs) received from nonprofit academic research institutions and companies.  OTM will  execute confidentiality agreements (CDAs) between institutions in order to protect investigators' unpublished research results, information and patent-pending subject matter. Advisors serve to educate researchers about the personal and societal benefits of submitting invention disclosure forms to the OTM.  This assures compliance with all institutional, state and federal guidelines and  protects the intellectual property of  faculty.

To contact OTM: http://www.umassmed.edu/otm/index.aspx