Tufts Exhibits at BIO 2008
Nina Green, director of the Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration (OTL&IC), and Colm Lawler, OTL&IC associate director, represented Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center at the 2008 BIO International Convention, which was held in June in San Diego, California. BIO 2008 was organized by the Biotechnology Industry Organization and attended by more than 20,000 people from 48 states and 70 countries. Attendees included representatives from industry, academia, government, and the media.
Tufts shared an exhibit booth in the Massachusetts pavilion with Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC), a state agency that supports tech transfer offices working with Massachusetts-based companies and investors. Attendees stopped by the booth to speak with representatives throughout the four days that the exhibit hall was open.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who was honored as BIO Governor of the Year, visited the booth and spoke with Nina Green of Tufts and a representative from Boston University. “He wanted to know if there was collegiality and a unified effort among the institutions, and it was great to tell him that there is, and that Tufts played a big part in that,” said Green. Tufts was instrumental in the creation of the Massachusetts Association of Technology Transfer Offices (MATTO) and in the creation of the Massachusetts Technology Portal, which provides a searchable database of licensable technologies from many of the public and private research institutions in Massachusetts. When Patrick asked about Tufts startup companies, Green presented him a copy of the recent OTL&IC brochure Starting Up and gave an overview.
Informational sessions covered multiple topics concerning the biotechnology industry. “I went to a number of these including one on licensing from the perspective of the pharmaceutical industry,” said Colm Lawler. “Representatives from the industry talked about how they approach licensing and what they’re looking for in a potential partner.” Lawler also went to one talk on how universities are trying to bridge the funding gap between basic science research and drug/device development, and another on personalized medicine.
BIO 2008 was a successful networking and marketing event for the OTL&IC. New contacts will allow the office to further promote Tufts technologies and startups.
For more information on technology transfer at Tufts, please go to http://techtransfer.tufts.edu.