The Women in Innovation & Technology (WIT) program aims to close the gender gap in invention disclosure and commercialization at Washington University in St. Louis.
History of WIT at WashU
In 2014, the Washington University Office of Technology Management (OTM) introduced the Women in Innovation and Technology (WIT) program to address the persistent under-representation of women in technology commercialization efforts.
At the time of WIT’s inception, University Human Resources reported that 35% of University faculty were women. However, OTM estimated that female inventors submitted less than 5% of all invention disclosures at Washington University.
WIT educates women faculty on how to navigate the commercialization process, while also introducing various resources available within the St. Louis region.
Read more about the history and impact of the WIT program here:
Mercier wins AAMC innovation award: Office of Technology Management director honored for work supporting female inventors, entrepreneurs
Opening minds, doors, opportunities: The Women in Innovation & Technology program, run by the Office of Technology Management, encourages women faculty to engage in entrepreneurship and to commercialize their technologies.
Annual Women in Innovation and Technology Symposium
An annual event hosted by OTM, the Women in Innovation & Technology Symposium is a day of learning and networking for women academics interested in technology commercialization.