TECH TRANSFER TRAINING PROGRAM 2020-05-20T15:11:40-04:00
The 2017-2018 Fellows at the 2018 AUTM Annual Meeting

“The fellowship is an exceptional program which enabled me to ‘kick-start’ my technology-transfer career”

 Sven Hoffman, 2017-2018 fellow

Training the Next Generation

The AUTM Foundation has entered its fourth year of facilitating our Technology Transfer Career Training Program! The program offers early career professionals or those looking to transition into careers in technology transfer an opportunity that includes formal training, networking and practical experience in this field.

The program pairs selected applicants with an experienced technology transfer mentor who offers in-depth, first-hand knowledge of the complexities of the profession. Fellows follow a core syllabus of educational webinars covering such topics as the fundamentals of technology transfer, invention disclosures from cradle to licensing, basic patenting, marketing, and negotiation. Each fellow is provided a two-year AUTM membership providing access to AUTM’s Technology Transfer Practice Manual. With unlimited access to 80+ webinar library, participants are immersed and guided through the seven Fundamentals of Technology Transfer. Fellows attend AUTM’s Essentials Course, Annual Meeting and one Regional Meeting to continue
building their network and knowledge.

Program Highlights

The overarching goal of the program is to offer early career fellows unique resources and opportunities that will engage and encourage them to become the future leaders of the industry.

  • Individualized training without leaving current position
  • Webinar and live training hybrid method for deeper understanding
  • Mentor assigned to help advise and guide based on personal goals
  • Organizations able to tailor program to meet specific needs
  • Peer and professional networks are established
  • Certificate of Completion awarded

2020-2021 Applications coming soon.

Susan Riley Keyes

For the second year, the AUTM Foundation is able to offer positions in our Technology Transfer Career Training Program to individuals from small TTO offices throughout North America through the Susan Riley Keyes Memorial Fund. We humbly accepted the invitation to continue Susan’s legacy of support, service, and training and we are excited to share her legacy with a new group of fellows. You can learn more about Susan Riley Keyes here.



For the fourth year, UK-based medical research charity, LIfeArc has partnered with the AUTM Foundation to give students in the UK and EU an opportunity to take part in the Technology Transfer Career Training Program. Last year, seven competitive UK and EU scholars were awarded the Fellowship and this year the partnership has been renewed. You can learn more about the partnership and LifeArc here.



Thanks to the generosity of Fox Rothschild and IRICoR, we are able to open up applications to others interested in the program. Applicants must have less than one year or no direct work experience in technology transfer, and demonstrate an interest in learning skills that will enable him/her to bring innovation from inventors, institutions and entrepreneurs to commercial use and public benefit.


Interested in Mentoring?

The AUTM Foundation is always looking for established technology transfer professionals that are interested in mentoring Fellows for the Technology Transfer Career Training Program. Mentors contribute greatly to the success of the program and the future of Technology Transfer as a whole. Becoming a mentor is not only valuable to the Fellows, but to the mentor as well. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, please email jkubinski@autmfoundation.com with subject line “T3 Mentor.”

2018-2019 Mentors

A big thank you to all of our mentors who passionately share their expertise and time to our talented fellows.

Shawn Hawkins

Richard Cox

Yatin Karpe

Hassan Naqvi

Nidhi Sabharwal

Michael Villalobos

Brian Shedd

David Day

Alan Naidoof

Kristen Leute

Darren Fast

Micheal Dilling

Joy Goswami

Mauricio Suarez

2018 – 2019 Technology Transfer Career Training Fellows

LifeArc Fellows

Lucy Barber University of Leeds

Isabel Ramos The Francis Crick Institute 

Maithili Shroff University of Dundee

Shalini Pathak University of Dundee

Eleftheria Ledaki Queen Mary Innovation

Filipa Tome Biosystems & Integrative Sciences Institute 

Monica Roman-Trufero MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences-Imperial College

Susan Riley Keyes Fellows

Alyssa Posca McMaster University

Drishi Vilkhu Sunnybrook Research Institute

Iva Bruhova Brock University

Misagh Naderi Louisiana State University

Sanaz Shahi Rowan University

Sergio Arias Martinez Instituto Politécnico Nacional

Sponsored Fellows

Hemali Patel University of Alabama at Birmingham

C. Scott Swindle University of Alabama at Birmingham