Technology Transfer and Academic Research
Carey Balaban, Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, discussed issues related to technology transfer and academic research. He contrasted the traditional role of scientist as scholar with the developing role of scientist as entrepreneur. The Bayh-Dole Act (1980) facilitated this change. The Act altered the status quo from presumed government ownership to presumed university ownership of intellectual property produced as a result of government funded research. Scientists also are more involved in entrepreneurial activities because they now conduct more translational (as opposed to pure) research. Marketable goods often are the outcome of this research. Traditional academic norms, which are expressed via unrestricted information dissemination and scientific collaboration, now frequently conflict with business-oriented norms, which are expressed via “collegial” nondisclosure agreements, conflict-of-interest guidelines, and intellectual property policies.
Central Research Development Fund
Fifty-nine faculty members
submitted proposals to the Central Research
Sixteen proposals were from health science disciplines, twenty proposals were
from engineering and science disciplines, and twenty-three proposals were from
humanities and social science disciplines.
Council members discussed several additional topics: