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New bio-absorbable medical foam headed to market

Jeffrey Catchmark, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is working to commercialize a patent-pending biofoam pad for wound and trauma care.

Welcome to the Office of Technology Management.

Our mission is to protect Penn State intellectual property, identify its commercial potential, and stimulate economic development through the transfer of Penn State technologies to the marketplace.

The Office of Technology Management also promotes Penn State technology by protecting, marketing, and licensing University inventions to companies for further development and commercialization. Researchers and Students: Learn more about protecting your inventions here.

Tech Transfer at Penn State

Fueling Innovation

Tech transfer from research at Penn State generated $22.5 million in fiscal 2015. This is partly thanks to the university's reworked approach to intellectual property, which makes it easier than ever for researchers to work with outside companies to fast-track innovations:

  • Penn State will not seek to retain ownership of  IP.
  • Penn State will assign IP to sponsor upon request.
  • Penn State has the right to publish research results.
  • Penn State has the right to practice IP for research and educational purposes.
  • If Penn State research results lead to exceptional commercial success, sponsor agrees to share proportionally with Penn State.
  • Exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Venture & IP Conference - October 6 & 7, 2016

For Industry, Investors and Startups

Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to see disruptive innovations from Penn State's world-class faculty and student entrepreneurs and alumni startups. Register today!