What is the purpose and goal of this Reference Guide?
UC San Diego is committed to growing a vibrant, sustainable innovation culture and ecosystem for entrepreneurs, researchers, and community.
Among the support resources provided by the Office of Innovation & Commercialization (OIC) is the TechComm™ Reference Guide, a comprehensive source of information and guidance for faculty and student researchers seeking to optimize the development, protection, and commercialization of potentially innovative technologies.
TechComm content is derived and presented from the perspective of veterans of corporate product development and commercialization with executive-level experience in both major corporations and startups, and who are also experienced in mentoring faculty and grad student entrepreneurs in the university environment.
When utilized by instructors as a component of entrepreneurism course curricula, workshops, or technology incubator/accelerator programs, this online tutorial facilitates student preparation for a more efficient and interactive, “flipped” classroom environment.
This Reference Guide provides a thorough review of the various options and activities associated with technology commercialization and provides linkages to a wide range of other related sources of information and guidance…
The intention is simply to assist entrepreneurial researchers in moving their innovative technology efficiently toward a “handoff” to industry, either in the form of out-licensing or new company startups.
The educational content of this website covers technology invention and intellectual property protection issues, as well as commercial application selection and related planning toward prototyping and proof-of-concept demonstrations. Guidance is also provided regarding decision-making around the options of out-licensing technology vs company startup formation, and, in alignment with NSF I-Corps Lean Startup and LaunchPad principles, emphasizes early business model and market opportunity validation through aggressive customer needs assessment.
For the first-time entrepreneur who is considering the startup option, guidance is provided regarding the major early-stage decisions that must be made...
These decisions involve company incorporation and capitalization, founder’s stock split, key management additions, and early-stage financing plans. Tips are also provided regarding the formation of Boards of Directors and Advisors, including how the CEO will work with them in managing the company post-funding.
Where relevant, more detailed guidance is provided for those researchers developing medical technologies, a sector according to the Kauffman Foundation that represents 70% of all intellectual property emanating from universities. Furthermore, critical for researcher success is a basic understanding of the unique nature of this sector, which demands the satisfaction of multiple stakeholders – patients and care providers, as well as federal regulatory and financial institutions.
The content design presents the subject matter roughly in the order in which issues arise and related decisions are required along the path toward commercialization…
Considering, however, that website visitors also tend to randomly view content groupings, forward and backward linkages to relevant subject matter are provided throughout.
If you are a researcher with no prior invention or commercialization experience, you might consider reviewing (or at least scanning) the website content in the order in which it is presented on the left-side navigation guide. As each major category (content module) is selected, a sub-navigational guide appears on the right side allowing you to see the order and full range of information that will be covered within that particular module.
If you’re interested in a particular subject and it’s not apparent by the navigation labels where you might find it, use the Search function located in the upper right corner of the photo.
Linkage to “Innovation Ecosystem”
The guide also includes strategically-placed references and web linkages to support organizations relevant to the UC San Diego “Innovation Ecosystem.”
Such UC San Diego organizations include departments within the Office of Research Affairs responsible for Contracts and Grants Administration, as well as intellectual property protection managed by the OIC.
Other campus links are provided to those organizations offering entrepreneurism education and commercialization mentoring services, startup “incubator” facilities, “seed funding” opportunities, business school advisory resources, etc.
Linkages to external organizations may include those relevant to regional economic development assistance, local mentoring organizations, and professional investor groups.
Depending on your experience and stage of development of your product or service concept, certain sections of content will, of course, be more relevant than others.