Last week, the Penn Center for Innovation hosted IvyTech, an annual conference that brings together technology transfer professionals from all eight Ivy League schools as well as several other distinguished universities to discuss the future of research, commercialization, and intellectual property at the university level.
On the first day of this insightful two-day event, our keynote speaker Ethan Mollick, the Ralph J. Roberts Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School, gave an impactful presentation entitled “AI and its impacts on business, society, education and the future of technology transfer.”
This keynote was followed by a moderated panel discussion amongst tech transfer leaders from several institutions called “The Continued Evolution of the Academic Technology Commercialization Industry.”
Throughout the day, participants also had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions about a variety of topics, including Artificial Intelligence, finance, licensing and research collaborations, managing and reporting federally funded inventions, and more.
On the second day which took place at the Pennovation Center, Joseph Allen, Executive Director of the Bayh-Dole Coalition, delivered a keynote on the future of Bayh-Dole within the context of the technology transfer field.
Additionally, PCI Ventures’ (PCIV) group portfolio managers spoke on how to bridge the gap from academia to company creation and discussed the different PCIV company formation and consulting programs offered by their organization.
This conference inspired many insightful conversations about innovation and technology as well as collaboration across universities as we continue to advance our technology transfer offices forward.