Written by TODD CLELAND / June 17, 2016
UW introduces pre-packaged IP to optimize industry sponsored research
The University of Washington is launching a new “pre-packaged” intellectual property (IP) program for sponsored research to make it easier for businesses to partner with UW in transforming discoveries into innovative solutions.
The new Washington Innovation Advantage allows industrial sponsors and UW researchers to opt into set financial terms for non-exclusive or exclusive commercial licenses to intellectual property upfront, when the sponsorship agreement is negotiated. Companies can license intellectual property before a project begins, streamlining execution of sponsored project agreements, reducing financial uncertainty for sponsors, and minimizing time spent on licensing negotiations.
While the UW College of Engineering’s interest in partnering with industry was a key driver of the Washington Innovation Advantage program, other UW schools are equally excited about the new program’s potential.
Jeanette Ennis supports UW researchers pursuing grant money to commercialize their innovations, and helps CoMotion secure economic development grant opportunities. Ennis joined CoMotion in 2009 after more than 15 years of broad research experience as a scientist, entrepreneur, and manager. Her areas of expertise include pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular biology, tissue engineering, and medical devices. She has worked with a variety of start-up companies as project manager, grant writer, and intellectual property manager, and held senior research positions at Cornell University and the UW Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. She earned a doctorate in medical and molecular pharmacology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she trained with Louis Ignarro, Nobel Laureate in Physiology. She also holds a certificate in technical writing and editing from the UW Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.