“AUTM’s members have an important role in the success of academic technology transfer. Their impact individually and collectively can be seen every day. To build on our strengths, AUTM must not only engage in public policy discussion but lead it. The Foundation helps fill that role by educating key stakeholders and I am proud to give support to the advocacy efforts.”
– Fred Reinhart, AUTM President 2015-2016
Being an advocate of the technology transfer profession includes being a voice for public policy and change when it is needed. Part of AUTM’s mission is to monitor legislative and regulatory developments that impact the work of technology transfer professionals. It is also imperative that we use our voice to ensure that the power of diverse talent is included in all steps of the process.
Support is needed to expand the reach and capacity of the Better World Project. Effectively communicating impactful success stories and promising emerging discoveries requires strategic planning. By targeting previously untapped regions, institutions and disciplines and streaming stories for maximum exposure, the Better World Project will increase the potential for collaborations while creating awareness and understanding of technology transfer.
Funding is needed to develop a more uniform network of support services for inventors and foster networks for women and minority inventors and entrepreneurs. In collaboration with the AUTM Women Inventors Committee, programs will be identified to mentor women inventors. Support is also needed to encourage women, minorities and young people to pursue STEM fields.