Monday, November 24, 2008
VU moves to accelerate commercialization
Office of Technology Transfer and Enterprise Development Director Chris McKinney (left) told us he's "jazzed" about numerous entrepreneurial initiatives underway on the VU campus, helping faculty and staff convert intellectual property into products for end-users -- while, on the big stage, Vanderbilt's principal investigators continue to churn out inventions and innovations through sponsored research in basic sciences. McKinney said initiatives reported in our latest story have been under consideration for years, and now VU is "steppin' on the gas" in a more visible way. The new program does not imitate those of peer institutions, said McKinney, although his staff have examined many such. Here are links to similar programs at Stanford, MIT, Duke, Maryland, Minnesota, Harvard and Washington.