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BPN712: Bridging Research-to-Commercialization Gaps through Facilitated Intermediaries

Project ID BPN712
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Start Date Wed 2013-Feb-06 06:19:04
Last Updated Mon 2014-Feb-17 16:18:48
Abstract This project aims to leverage private sector intermediaries to facilitate, measure,and report commercialization outcomes of Center activities. BSAC university-based precommercial research (“presearch” for short) has been successful in member recruiting and retention as measured by membership related research revenue for the center ($1.2M-$3M/year)and average longevity of members (~ 8 years). But members have increasingly had trouble bridging the gaps from “presearch” to manufacturable processes & devices. As MEMS processes and applications move mainstream, these gestation periods are dropping rapidly. Many members have, in our surveys and at IAB meetings, vocalized that we need to help bridge commercialization gaps and increase the speed of commercialization. Any such commercialization facilitation programs cannot compromise the fundamental research mission of the Center. We propose to do this with specialized or focused non- University agents who can facilitate the transition from laboratory proof of concept vehicles to precommercial prototypes to commercial production. These intermediaries will provide boundary spanning between university research and commercialization, including active participation in formalized multi-industrial participant university-based research projects with transition plans to university partners.
Status New
Funding Source NSF
IAB Research Area Package, Process & Microassembly
Researcher(s) John M. Huggins
Advisor(s) John M. Huggins
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