Units & Initiatives

Office of Technology Transfer

The Office of Technology Transfer facilitates the development of products of innovation from the laboratory and the classroom to the marketplace. Serving as an educational resource on intellectual property/licensing matters and managing the University’s portfolio of patents and licenses, the Office of Technology Transfer engages a full range of regional and institutional partners supportive of the University’s research and scholarly endeavors and our region’s economic interests and frequently establishes new institutional initiatives as a result of these partnerships.

The office promotes innovation, enhances research, and facilitates economic development through protecting and commercializing intellectual property by:

  • Facilitating the creation of new ideas and products;
  • Forming technology partnerships and research collaborations;
  • Pairing faculty expertise with existing market needs;
  • Protecting and developing faculty intellectual property; and
  • Offering guidance to faculty interested in starting their own businesses.

Institutionally, OTT engages with faculty from numerous schools and colleges to review research and scholarly programs for potential new products of societal benefit. Ever supportive of ECU’s research environment, OTT regularly processes necessary agreements between ECU faculty and external partners, and it reviews inventions for patent consideration. Multiple patents and copyrights have been filed for a variety of new inventions arising from faculty from these academic units. To improve the success of some of these inventions, OTT has engaged in developing new internal and external partnerships to facilitate research and development activities.

Embracing its commitment to service, OTT continues to facilitate development of ECU’s culture of innovation, research and scholarship. Partnering with the Innovation Design Laboratory, the Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Honors College, OTT launched the IDEA Internship program to introduce students to the innovation, commercialization and economic development processes. Participating students gained knowledge about ECU’s research community and explored new product development opportunities. Another program designed to expand the innovation culture among ECU students was a new Honors course that meshed the principles of problem identification and solution development with design innovation and entrepreneurship that resulted in two potential new product concepts to improve health and well being.

 For more information about the Office of Technology Transfer, please visit http://www.ecu.edu/ott/


Marti Van Scott, Director
Office of Technology Transfer