The Pipeline from University Laboratory to New Commercial Product: An Organizational Framework For Technology Commercialization in Multidisciplinary Research Centers.

By Sara Jansen Perry, Steven C. Currall, & Toby E. Stuart

In the twenty-five years since the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, commercialization of academic research has increased significantly (Graff, Heiman, and Zilberman 2002). As a result, academic research has become more intertwined with industry. Participation by industry ranges from sponsoring specific research projects to affiliate membership in research centers such as National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Engineering Research Centers (ERCs). Indeed, many government-funded research initiatives, such as the ERC program, are founded on the premise that multidisciplinary university and industry collaboration will enhance research productivity and foster technological advances that otherwise would not be possible.