Industrial Liaison Office Management, July 2010

UTEN Training Week #4:
Best Practices in University-Industry Relations:
Setting up and Managing an Industrial Liaison Office

Instituto Politécnico do Porto – 19-20 July, 2010
Speakers | Program | Photos

Technology commercialization ecosystems rely on the alignment and exchange of knowledge and resources between a broad range of partners including government, universities, and industry to be successful. Increasingly, ILO offices and supporting structures are being established and resources are being dedicated to foster these crucial relationships, and to align universities and industrial partners to increase research, joint development, and commercialization. Combined, these factors lead to a more sustained level of economic and educational growth.

This workshop is intended to provide participants with a number of real-world examples of how ILO’s have been established to date, to share lessons learned, to consider the future and leading-edge practices in the space, and to provide a proven framework for the establishment of such offices and programs in UTEN member universities. The goal is to help them to meet their specific research and commercialization objectives as well as create greater regional and international partnerships for economic growth.


Bill Catlett (Confirmed)
Associate Director – Industrial Relations, Office of Sponsored Projects
Acting Director – Center for Emerging Technology Commercialization
The University of Texas at Austin

Anthony Boccanfuso (Confirmed)
Executive Director- University Industry Demonstration Partnership
US National Acadamy of Sciences

Teaching Methodology:

Engaging presentations explaining key concepts and lessons learned
Highly interactive exercises involving individual and team application of knowledge
Hands-on training including the development of actionable plans and objectives
Living and historical cases that illustrate and support these goals

Primary Areas to be Addressed:

1. Developing a Strategy
How can the development of a strategic plan for your ILO, in conjunction with industrial members, help identify areas for joint projects and experimental test beds for validating research results in practical applications?

2. Structure and Programs
How do R&D organizations and industrial sponsors decide how to structure and operate an ILO for best results?  What programs should be developed?

3. Talent and Relationships
How does an R&D organization select, engage, and develop talent (internal and external) to effectively fill the roles of an ILO as well as develop meaningful relationships between university and industry that support the long-term mission of the ILO?

Learning Objectives:

A. How do we increase research collaboration and technology commercialization with industry?
B. How do we balance the interests of university and industry?
C. How can ILO’s and TTO’s leverage the core missions of research and education when dealing with industry?
D. What strategies can we utilize to build and leverage industry partnerships to foster research and commercialize technology?
E. What are the different types of research agreements with industry? What are the primary differences between them and how can ILO’s leverage each to build meaningful collaborations with industrial partners?
F. Reasons to establish an Industrial Affiliates Program?
G. How does an R&D organization build an industrial constituency?
H. What tools, techniques, and methods are most effective when managing intellectual property, confidentiality, and commercialization while collaborating with industry competitors?

How to attend:

To apply for admission to UTEN Training Week #4, please send your name, title, institution and email address to Dr. Jim Jarrett, IC² Institute, UT Austin <> with a CC to Ana Paula de Amorim, UTEN Portugal <>.