About Technology Transfer


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 SIU’s central Office of Technology Transfer works with SIU faculty, students, and staff to protect and commercialize intellectual property generated from all system campuses – SIU Carbondale, SIU Edwardsville, and the Springfield-based School of Medicine. From exploring the market potential of an invention to negotiating licensing agreements with industry partners, we work to turn SIU innovations into global difference-makers.

The SIU system plays an integral role in driving economic growth in southern and central Illinois. The Office of Technology Transfer is proud to contribute to this growth by facilitating the commercialization of discoveries made by our world-class researchers. Since 1990, SIU has licensed more than 150 patents and other articles of intellectual property to third parties to bring to market.

For SIU Faculty, Staff and Students

The Office of Technology Transfer helps faculty, staff, and student inventors to assess and realize the commercial potential of their inventions, including issues related to patentability, marketability, form of intellectual property (IP), and more. We assist in evaluating new technologies, negotiating confidentiality and materials transfer agreements, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, licensing intellectual property to commercial entities, and enforcing intellectual property rights. The Office of Technology Transfer also plays an important role in advocating for entrepreneurship and innovation at SIU, including through educating the campus community on intellectual property.

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For Industry

The Office of Technology Transfer negotiates licensing agreements with new and established companies that show a strong potential for successfully developing and commercializing University inventions. We are also the starting point for many industry-university research relationships, with our services including negotiation of nondisclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, and other agreements for facilitating industry research collaborations.

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