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About AUTM
About the Better World Project
About Technology Transfer

About AUTM

The Association of University Technology Managers is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of more than 3,000 technology managers and business executives. AUTM members — managers of intellectual property, one of the most active growth sectors of the global economy — come from more than 300 universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals as well as numerous businesses and government organizations. To learn more about AUTM visit www.autm.net.

About the Better World Project

The Association of University Technology Managers launched the Better World Project in 2005 to promote public understanding of how academic research and technology transfer benefits you, your community and millions of people around the world. The project draws from years of case studies and news from AUTM's members — the professionals who make academic technology transfer happen. In 2012, AUTM transitioned from a printed Better World Report to an electronic format that includes monthly Featured Stories and the Better World Project Database, which allows you to generate customized reports as PDFs or printouts. The electronic format continues the tradition of professionally written stories about how technology transfer makes the world a better place. While the database allows AUTM members to share their stories and generate content that is specific to their needs. Stories from past reports are included in the database. Printed copies of past reports are also still available.

About Technology Transfer

Technology transfer is the practice of transferring scientific findings from one organization to another for further development so that new products such as medicines, educational tools, electronic devices, safety equipment and health services can become available to the public. Because bringing products based on academic research to the marketplace can require significant investment – and the core mission of academic institutions is to provide high-level education, not engage in business development – many institutions around the world rely on academic technology transfer to identify commercial partners who can advance early stage academic research and guide the resulting products through any required review or approval processes.

As the transition from manufacturing-based to knowledge-based economies continues, the importance of academic intellectual property will grow. And the role of academic technology transfer in improving quality of life, building social and economic well-being, and enhancing research programs at academic and nonprofit institutions will become increasingly meaningful.

Read more about technology transfer.