The Public-Private Interface and University Platforms for Engagement: Collaborations, Research and Technology Development with Industry
As part of our mission as a urban-serving, public research university we are committed to move ideas and technologies emanating from our research and intellectual ecosystem forward to impact the broad communities that we serve. These ideas and technologies cut across multiple interest areas including applied and fundamental sciences, business, computational sciences, engineering, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.
To move our research ideas and technologies, Wayne State seeks and encourages industry collaborations. We have a long history of working with the private sector to take research out of our laboratories and into the commercial marketplace. In working with industry, the incubation and advancement of ideas and technologies along the innovation and commercialization continuum may take several different paths as illustrated by the following examples.
- Research projects in collaboration with an industry sponsor
- Licensing agreements with entities in the public or private sector
- Clinical trials to evaluate new devices, pharmaceuticals and medical services
- Establishment of start up companies that take advantage of university intellectual property
- Industry access to university incubator space and/or specific instrumentation, techniques and subject matter expertise for testing or analytics
- Consulting by faculty and staff http://research.wayne.edu/techtransfer/industry/faculty-consulting.php
- Student engagement as interns or in the context of specific courses such as Capstone projects http://research.wayne.edu/techtransfer/doc/class_project_agreement_for_industry_engagement_draft_082517.pdf
- Corporate gifts
In welcoming such opportunities with the private sector, we need to ensure that they be aligned with our academic mission as a public research university, and any relevant institutional policies. To meet these broad objectives, we have established a rich ecosystem that touches upon all of these different goals and provides various mechanisms for public-private initiatives involving research and technology development.
Figure 1 Alignment of operations around research and technology development for expanded industry partnerships and accelerated movement of ideas and technologies toward commercialization and impact.