Commercializing Innovation

How It Works: Discover the pathways for taking your ideas to market

PCI works in partnership with Penn faculty, staff, and graduate students to advance discoveries and ideas towards new products, services, and businesses that provide benefits back to Penn, its inventors, and society.

After a new idea or invention is discussed with and disclosed to PCI, there are many possible commercialization pathways it could take, from patent protection to licensing or the formation of a startup. The pages and resources below explain these different pathways, and the resources available to Penn faculty and inventors.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Licensing Officer.

You can also read more regarding PCI’s mission and relation to Penn’s different schools on the Penn Engineering Commercialization site.

Corporate Contracts

Formalizing relationships with industry partners interested in advancing or sponsoring research

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Intellectual Property

Protect your ideas, research and inventions

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Financial Services for Faculty

An overview of distributions, revenue and common financial questions for Penn researchers and faculty

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Partner with PCI

PCI is a one-stop shop for corporate partners and investors interested in early stage Penn technologies

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Enter into license agreements whereby Penn grants a company the right to use a Penn technology for commercial purposes

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Penn patent and conflict of interest policies

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Innovation in Action

Click through the boxes and resources below to learn about different commercialization pathways, and the resources available to Penn faculty and inventors.

Download Our Commercialization Guide

PCI Webinars and Events

Learn about commercialization by watching recordings of our past speaker series and events. Topics include: venture capital, startups, Penn pathways to the marketplace, support for engineers, and more! Sign up for our monthly newsletter for alerts on upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

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AI Nexus: Shaping Tomorrow’s Intelligence

May 08 @ 8:30 am

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PCI Open Office Hours at Penn Engineering

May 09 @ 11:00 am

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Leading Life Sciences: Exploring Growth in Greater Philadelphia

May 09 @ 4:00 pm

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