Great economies are built around great universities.
The Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) at The Ohio State is here to serve our university and community and to build a unique experience for all who engage with us.
TCO is here to serve our faculty and students, our partners in business, our entrepreneurs and the community at large. Our goal is to add value in every transaction and support all phases of university technology commercialization, industry relations, and start-up development at Ohio State.
Who We Are
With more than 64,000 students, 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors and nearly 16,000 acres of campus available, The Ohio State University is one of the largest and most diverse public universities in the country. Recognized for academic performance, research collaborations, a top-tier academic medical center and premier cancer hospital, the University is a leader among institutions of higher education.
In 2011, the leadership of Ohio State undertook a major effort toward building a new model that efficiently translates its research into new products, new industries, and global impact. To achieve this goal, the university created a new office of Technology Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer (TCO) to guide this charge. TCO’s main goal is to become a major driver of economic impact and breakthrough innovation in Ohio and the U.S.
- Build a culture of innovation, service, responsiveness, creativity, and accountability
- Create customized initiatives that enhance our research colleges
- Develop a robust start-up culture that drives economic development
- Increase industry-sponsored research and long term partnerships
- Engage students in every aspect of the commercialization process to enhance their learning experience in support of Ohio State’s mission
- Make Ohio State a top five research institution in commercialization productivity
The TCO team is passionate about serving Ohio State and understands meaningful change and the true measure of success is through the execution of valuable ideas. Great ideas start with great people!
The leadership team at TCO is transforming TCO into a simple, elegant, and transformative operation to best serve Ohio State’s faculty, staff, students as well as our industry and community partners.
Interim Vice President, OSU Technology Commercialization
Drug Development Institute (DDII)
OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center
Senior Associate Vice President, Business Development
The operations team keeps the house in order by overseeing the fiscal, administrative, student, marketing, and outreach needs for TCO. The operations team prides itself on quality customer service, efficiency, and a responsive culture. They plan, execute, facilitate, communicate, budget, and make sure we’re generally on the straight and narrow.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Invention Intake & Compliance Manager
The New Venture team at TCO fuses human capital, funding, and technology to create startups. When a new technology is presented to the TCO, New Ventures provides the methodology support, answers, connections, and resources it needs to produce a viable company. They’re friends with everyone until challenged in ping pong.
The Licensing Team assess, manages and places technologies into the marketplace while protecting intellectual property created at The Ohio State University. When they aren’t focused on the pipeline or closing a deal, the licensing team is also responsible for managing relationships with Ohio State’s many constituents.
Senior Life Sciences Technology Licensing Officer
Life Sciences Technology Licensing Analyst
Senior Life Sciences Technology Licensing Officer
Life Sciences Technology Licensing Officer
The Design Ideation group is responsible for maintaining the gate keeping process for incoming inventions. They help determine the greatest potential to maximize an invention’s value and assist with developing commercial applications through idea generation sessions that empower the “Techperts”, or inventors, to identify and discover innovative trends. This team can visualize, actualize, and did we mention, they can seriously draw!
The TCO Contracts Team works to coordinate all contracts inbound and outgoing. When they aren’t executing an agreement they also negotiate, process, and track any and all required agreements between researchers, companies, and other entities to ensure that they are in compliance with university, hospital, state and federal guidelines. In short, they keep us legit.
The Software Prototyping Team works to create the best prototypes out of Ohio State’s software inventions. They pride themselves on a rapid iteration and a quick turn-around. Lovingly referred to as “The Shop”, the team continues to work with the wide range of enterprise level and native mobile application software that are disclosed at Ohio State.
Student associates serve a valuable role in the technology commercialization process by assisting in the triage, analysis, and commercialization of Ohio State technologies. Associates work in an exciting, fun, open environment and assist Licensing Officers, the New Ventures Group, and The Shop in evaluating and branding Ohio State technologies. As an added perk, they also keep us cool, hip, and let us know if we’re lagging behind in the latest pop culture news, sports, and fashion.