Trainee Program

The OTM trainee programs expose the individual to a broad range of technology transfer related activities in order for them to acquire skills and experience in the commercial development of research discoveries.

Technology Transfer Trainee Program

Listed below is an overview of the trainee program and the skills and knowledge that will be acquired.  Also, you will find information on our past and present trainees. For more information, please email OTM or call 314.747.0920.

Program Overview

Phase 1 (Months 1/2) – Observe, intake, and shadow a Business Development Director (BDD)

  • Read, observe, and preform tasks to understand the business, legal, and scientific considerations of the job
  • Shadow the BDD mentor as he/she conducts routine case management
  • Become familiarized with reference reading about Bayh-Dole, patent, Association of University Technology Managers manual information, etc.
  • Become familiarized with Washington University’s policies and the broad roles/skills of a business development staff member

Phase 2 (Months 3/4) – Project driven, intern shadowed by BDD

  • Shadowed by BDD and conduct various parts of case management with direction
  • Conduct inventor meetings, complete tech assessments with the critical information pertaining to legal, business and science considerations
  • Perform perfunctory, straightforward case management and understand the some of the critical questions to ask in more complicated cases
  • Negotiate simple contracts such as Material Transfer Agreements and Confidentiality Disclosure Agreements

Phase 3 (Months 5/6) – Demonstration of skills 

  • Handle cases on his/her own using the BDD mentor as a guide and checkpoint
  • Handle more complicated case management and understand the critical questions and the gaps that need to be filled in such cases

Technology Transfer Workshop

OTM has developed a workshop to provide Washington University community members with an introduction to technology transfer and an understanding of how technology transfer intersects various efforts in intellectual property (IP) and commercialization within the University.  The workshop is also designed to provide concrete examples and best practices in technology transfer as it directly relates to laboratory researchers in their everyday roles.

Participants will obtain interesting and meaningful exposure to intellectual property, technology transfer and commercialization topics through sessions and case studies taught by OTM and individuals from the greater St. Louis commercialization community.

Example topics to be covered include:

  • An introduction to technology transfer with highlighted success stories;
  • The importance of technology transfer within the University;
  • Defining IP and vehicles for protecting IP;
  • Policies of the university that implicate technology transfer and commercialization;
  • Evaluating university discoveries for commercial potential;
  • External and intrinsic factors that affect commercialization of university technologies;
  • Commercialization of university inventions;
  • Maintaining confidentiality of unpublished research and publishing university research;
  • Navigating corporate collaborations through the use of material transfer or sponsored research.