STEM Partners with AUTM
to Promote Sustainable Technology Transfer in India

As the geography of innovation changes, India is fast becoming a hub for collaborative R&D. With rapid development in the areas of technology development and the commercialization of innovative technologies, the role of the technology manager in India has gained prominence. The Society for Technology Management (STEM), the Professional Association of Technology Management Professionals in India is a not for profit organization that has played an important role in this milieu by creating a facilitative environment for the adoption of successful technology management processes in India and other countries in South Asia.

On 17 March 2010, STEM signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). “This is an important first step for STEM, and by extension, a major step towards enhancing growth through sustainable technology transfer in India” said K. Vijayaraghavan, the President of STEM.

Under the MoU, AUTM and STEM will jointly design and deliver appropriate training programmes for technology transfer professionals in India. AUTM will also recommend that the AUTM foundation institute a framework whereby technology transfer professionals from India can avail of fellowships at US institutions. Apart from sharing successful practices in the area of technology management, AUTM and STEM will collaborate to build best practices in protecting and licensing intellectual property developed by public and academic institutions. Arundeep S. Pradhan, AUTM immediate past president, remarked “This is an exciting partnership for AUTM as we strive to enhance technology transfer globally.”


India, Germany start partnership on technological innovation

Seeking to address challenges faced by the two countries in several areas, India and Germany on Tuesday launched a 20 million euro strategic partnership on innovation in skill development, industrial growth and life sciences.

The new partnership in research and technology would see an investment 10 million euro each from India and Germany. Both countries would start a Indo-German Science and Technology Center which will strengthen collaboration in the field and accelerate translation of research into new products, processes and services.

India and Germany have already started a joint research project on infectious diseases since 2006. Systemic biology, drug development and clinical trials are the focus areas of the project.

The new partnership in research and technology would see an investment of 10 million euro each from India and Germany.

"The partnership would address the challenges faced by both the countries in various areas. It will look forward to technological solution to the local problems," Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said.

He said India is planning to set up 50,000 development centers where people would be provided skill-oriented training.

Germany, which is much advanced in skill development, can be of help to India in this regard, he said.

The centers will come up on public-private partnership basis with involvement of industry bodies like Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), ASSOCHAM and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The major issues in India include energy security, climate change and health related problems, Sibal said the government has launched scheme under which scholarships are being provided to students to pursue further studies and research.

The government is also bringing a bill which envisages a share for scientists in the wealth created by the technology developed by them.

This would encourage them go for more research and innovation, Sibal said.

Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research Annette Schavan said the cooperation has potential for both sides.

Source: German Information Centre

Universities That Turn Research Into Revenue

1. New York University, $210 million in research expenditures, $157 million in research related income, 75% yield

2. Wake Forest University, $146.3 million in research expenditures, $60.5 million in research related income, 41% yield

3. Stevens Institute of Technology, $28 million in research expenditures, $4.56 million in research related income, 16% yield

4. Ohio University, $24 million in research expenditures, $3.26 million in research related income, 13% yield

5. Brigham Young University, $26 million in research expenditures, $3.07 million in research related income, 11.7% yield

6.  University of Rochester, $355 million in research expenditures, $38 million in research related income, 11% yield

7.  University of Minnesota, $596 million in research expenditures, $56 million in research related income, 9.4% yield

8. University of Florida, $459 million in research expenditures, $42.9 million in research related income, 9.3% yield

9. Stanford University, $699 million in research expenditures, $61.3 million in research related income, 8.7% yield

10. Northwest University, $348 million in research expenditures, $29.9 million in research related income, 8.6%

11. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, $269 million in research expenditures, $20.1 million resarch related income, 7.5%

12. University of Massachusetts, $409.9 million in research expenditures, $27.2 million in research related income, 6.7% yield

13.  University of Utah, $246.5 million in research expenditures, $16.3 million in research related income, 6.6% yield

14.  University of California System, $3.04 billion in research expenditures, $193.4 billion in research related income, 6.4 % yield

15.  University of South Alabama, $20.6 million in research expenditures, $1.2 million in research releated income, 5.9% yield      

Source: Forbes

Airtel Innovation Fund is aimed at promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of telecommunications.

Airtel Innovation Fund is aimed at promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of telecommunications.The objective of the Fund is to give opportunities to budding entrepreneurs with a vision to build businesses
based on innovation ideas.

 “The Airtel Innovation Fund’s intent is to provide seed money to entrepreneurs who may not otherwise be able to access funds, and to serve as a vehicle to promote developments in technology, content and software applications in the area of telecommunications,” said Manoj Kohli, CEO and Joint Managing Director, Bharti Airtel.

 The Fund will have an initial corpus of Rs 200 crores and will be led and administered by Bharti Airtel.

 “We are confident that this initiative will co-build the twin pillars of innovation and entrepreneurship to usher in a new wave of entrepreneurs in India,” said Sunil Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel.

 The Airtel Innovation Fund shall provide seed money to entrepreneurs who may not otherwise be able to
access funds to realize their dreams.

Source: Airtel

 British Telecom (BT)-led consortium drives tech transfer between India and UK

British Telecom (BT) is leading a consortium of 22 industry and academic partners from India and UK to launch the India-UK Advanced Technology Centre (IU-ATC). BT believes that the consortium will drive collaborative research and technology transfer between the United Kingdom and India, with a strong focus on new fixed and wireless networking technologies.

BT is joined in the consortium by UK IT consultancy firm, Intergence Systems and more than 10 UK universities including Cambridge, St Andrews and University College London, while the Indian academic and industrial partners comprises names like IIT - Madras, IIT - Delhi, IISc -Bangalore, IIT - Mumbai, Infosys, BT India, Wipro, Sasken Technologies and Midas Communications.

Outputs from this consortium will include:

  • the development of new services and technology solutions and
  • the filing of viable patents, as well as
  • the commercial exploitation of research through licensing and spinning out start-up companies.


This research and innovation centre will drive collaborative research programmes and technology transfer between the UK and India. The consortium has already secured over $3 million to establish the first ever India-UK virtual graduate research school, which will support collaborative PhD and Post doctorate projects and a programme of exchange visits within the IU-ATC consortium.

Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala of IIT believes that the global connectivity of this virtual consortium will ensure rapid transfer of ideas and technology with the aim of creating breakthrough next generation network (NGN) and ICT research.

According to Matt Bross, Chief Technology Officer of the BT Group, the IU-ATC will accelerate competitive technology and knowledge transfer between the UK and India, as well as ensuring stronger collaborations between industry and academic institutions in both countries.

Publication of “Intellectual Property Management in Health and Agricultural Innovation: A Handbook of Best Practices”

The Rockefeller Foundation has supported a collaborative effort between MIHR and Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA) to develop a unique and comprehensive instructional guide entitled “Intellectual Property Management in Health and Agricultural Innovation: A Handbook of Best Practices” to be published in spring 2007.

Prepared for policy makers, leaders of public sector research establishments, technology transfer professionals, licensing executives, and scientists, this book offers information and strategies for utilizing the power of both IP and the public domain. It illustrates how IP can be judiciously leveraged to forge stronger partnerships and usher in a new age of collaboration and sharing. The book puts aside ideological debates to focus on pragmatic considerations and practical opportunities. Written by practitioners in the field, its ~135 chapters are a comprehensive resource on current IP management issues and approaches. While the authors always keep their eye on the big picture, the Handbook eschews general proclamations. Instead, it puts forward thoughtful dialogue aimed at real-world problems faced by those who want to put IP to work for the public sector and public interest.

Successful Commercialization of Insect-Resistant Eggplant by a Public–Private Partnership: Reaching and Benefiting Resource-Poor Farmers is a chapter from the book authored by Akshat Medakker, Associate Consultant-Technology Management and Vijay Vijayaraghavan, Founder and Director, Sathguru Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd., India.

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Workshop on IPR and Technology Transfer at Dhaka

With the perspective of mobilizing ideas, discussing alternatives and understanding the tech-transfer policies in some of the renowned scientific laboratories, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), Cornell University and ABSPII have jointly organized a workshop on ‘Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer’ on August 10, 2005 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka... more>>

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STEM launched to steer a new era.

Steering tech transfer towards a brighter future of better tech transfer management, the Society of Technology Management (STEM) was launched at the international workshop on `Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Transfer, Licensing and Commercialization’ convened by Cornell-in-India and Sathguru Management Consultant on April 17th, 2005. The Society was conceptualized by a group of visionary professionals to promote the best practices among technology management professionals in South Asia. ... more>>

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Global tech transfer experts congregate to discuss IPR issues.

Scientists, tech transfer managers, policy planners and corporate- from public and private institutions across India and seven other nations including Ghana, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Uganda, USA and South Africa -congregated to discuss the IPR issues at the workshop on “Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Transfer, Licensing and Commercialization ” organized at Mussoorie, India, from April 17 to 22. ... more>>

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Society set up for managing technology
G. Chandrashekhar
Mussoorie, April 24

WITH technology moving center-stage in the theatre of global economic growth, management of technology including its transfer has begun to assume an increasingly important role, especially in developed and rapidly developing economies.

To enable Indian researchers and technology experts to network with global technology managers and follow global best practices, India's first `Society for Technology Management' (STEM) has been set up.

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http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2005/04/25/stories/2005042501221300.htm


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