The goal of AUTM’s advocacy initiatives is to motivate the technology transfer community to become an active voice in explaining the importance and benefits of the technology transfer process to local, state and federal policymakers. AUTM ensures that advocacy information is accurate and relevant so that government leaders can make informed decisions and are aware of the consequences of those decisions. With increased resources, a dedicated leadership team can be placed to strategically coordinate and drive advocacy efforts for maximum impact.
The technology transfer process is complex. AUTM’s efforts are designed to inform policymakers about how decisions made in Washington and elsewhere can have an impact on the work of universities and their technology transfer offices.
Coordinating AUTM’s activities and messaging maximizes the impact tech transfer officers can have on relevant issues. Stakeholders include the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, startup ventures, licensees and the venture capital community. By generating a positive climate with these partners in this process, AUTM is able to mobilize efforts to ensure the benefits of technology transfer are enhanced and not endangered. This includes guiding members to work with their government relations offices to make sure technology transfer is a priority for their organization.
The metrics and data AUTM gathers help validate the benefits that technology transfer brings and hopefully discourage detrimental/negative legislation that would interrupt the successful process of bringing research and new developments to the market. Specifically, the AUTM advocacy team actively works with allies to file amicus briefs with courts, comment on potential rules changes with various government agencies and provide important data about the value of tech transfer to the global economy.
AUTM advocacy provides a key voice for the technology transfer community and makes sure it is heard where it is needed. By continuing its work with sister associations, educating policymakers about the value of tech transfer and remaining vigilant against proposals that could degrade the commercialization of research. AUTM will ensure that technology transfer remains a strong driver of economic growth, improved health care and a better quality of life for all.
Over the next 18 months, AUTM plans to enhance its advocacy efforts through expanded outreach and member engagement. By continuing its work with sister associations, educating policymakers about the value of technology transfer and remaining vigilant against proposals that could undermine the commercialization of research, AUTM will ensure that technology transfer remains a strong driver of economic growth, improved health care and a better quality of life for all.