Innovation Fellows to present tech transfer case studies Sept. 30

The 2016 class of Innovation Fellows will deliver their final presentations on Friday, Sept. 30, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at 5057 Woodward, 6th Floor, Conference Room A. Wayne State University students, postdocs, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Sponsored by Wayne State’s Technology Commercialization Office, the Innovation Fellows Program is designed to generate the next generation of high-tech industry chief science officers and entrepreneurial scientists with the skills and knowledge to advance technology from the bench to the marketplace. 

Along with technology development, a key element of the Innovation Fellows Program is engagement in curricular activities designed to foster understanding and participation in technology and market assessments, product development, business and entrepreneurship, in order to develop the skills, tools and processes necessary to advance technology-based research through successful commercialization pathways. 

This aptitude allows the Innovation Fellows to act as ambassadors for technology transfer to other students and faculty in their home science and technology departments.  

A case study approach is undertaken, wherein each fellow actualizes a full R&D and commercialization effort surrounding their research project. 

Working with industry mentors to investigate the technological and commercial potential of their research, fellows identify development milestones and commercialization pathways, and explore business opportunities directly related to their innovations. 

At the end of the program, the fellows develop a venture funding slide deck demonstrating the market opportunity and commercialization pathway.