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I n t e r n a t i o n a l T e c h n o l o g y T r a n sf e r C e n t e r

A Modern Vision of the Land-Grant Mission

  This summer, a joint group from universities in Armenia and Georgia came to OSU to learn about technology transfer. This opportunity was made possible through the International Technology Transfer Center (ITTC) which, in addition to hosting these guests, has also hosted groups from Egypt, Pakistan and the Philippines. The training these visitors receive is designed to help them either start their own technology transfer center in their home country or more effectively manage their established technology transfer office. The ITTC is a vehicle for sharing the best practices of OSU’s technology transfer program with the international community.

Training individuals from around the world about how to do technology transfer is only one facet of the International Technology Transfer Center. Unique to OSU, the ITTC also allows the university to enter into contractual relationships with outside parties, both foreign and domestic, which is illegal in many other states. So far, the ITTC has had foreign contracts with inventors in Armenia , Georgia , Mexico, Egypt and Hungary. Dr. Steven Price, associate vice president for technology development and director of the Technology Development Center, has been using his connections with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Commercial Legal Development Program (CLDP) to grow the ITTC. Price is able to make contacts through the CLDP, which is outreach he considers vital to a modern view of OSU’s land-grant mission. “A modern interpretation is that a land-grant university should have an influence beyond its state borders. Today we should look upon the boundaries of the university being the boundaries of the world. And I think that is in accordance certainly with our mission here at OSU.” Besides satisfying the mission of the university, Price sees other potential benefits of the ITTC as another revenue stream for the university as well as leading to joint research programs between OSU and other universities. Price reflected, “There’s all kinds of reasons for [the ITTC], any one of which I think is sufficient on its own, but certainly together it’s a really compelling program.”

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