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Technology Transfer Study Released

September 12, 1997

The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) has released a study entitled "Managing the Successful Transfer of Technology from Federal Facilities: A Survey of Selected Laboratories & Facilities in the Mid-Continent Region of the Federal Laboratory Consortium." The study was commissioned by the FLC and was undertaken by Chapman Research Group, Inc.

The study reports that some of the best practices for transferring technology include: incorporating technology transfer into strategic planning for the lab/installation; developing systematic valuation of technology transfer activities; aggressive management of intellectual property; and, innovative use of the CRADA mechanism.

The largest problem still impeding technology transfer is the general lack of top management support at the departmental or agency level. However, the study reports that there is the recognition of the need to change the culture at the laboratory/facility. Management is increasingly aware that "attention must be paid to both current and potential clientele. More effort must be devoted to outreach, making known the capabilities and value that can be delivered, and reaching out to new clientele."

The study examined 11 federal laboratories and technical facilities in eight states located throughout the FLC's Mid-Continent region. The report costs $8.00 and can be obtained by contacting FLC at 360-683-1005.