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Launch Tennessee supports Tennessee Tech University in cultivating new invention disclosures

Launch Tennessee’s pilot program, the Tennessee Technology Advancement Consortium, supported Tennessee Tech University in cultivating nine new invention disclosures from faculty, who presented a brief overview of innovations at a recent showcase. 

Dr. Michael Aikens, TTAC director at Tennessee Tech University, said that the Faculty Innovator Showcase signified a significant milestone in his campus’ commercialization efforts. 

“Notably, the showcase has substantially increased the number of our university’s invention disclosures, a pivotal first step in identifying faculty-developed technologies that directly address real-world challenges,” he said. “This surge aligns with LaunchTN’s goals, catalyzing the transition of these innovations into the public sphere, where they can foster impactful solutions and bolster Tennessee’s competitiveness in research and development.”

The significant increase of faculty engaged in the invention disclosure process is a big win, Launch Tennessee’s Technology Advancement Manager Charles Layne echoed. 

“What the team and faculty at Tennessee Tech accomplished here is something worth celebrating, and we’re excited for the opportunity to support the continued development of an innovation culture at Tennessee Tech and provide ongoing commercialization support to Tennessee faculty,” Layne said. 

Dr. Aikens also said that an exciting outcome of the showcase was that it highlighted the thriving presence of technology and invention across the campus, featuring representatives from four key colleges — Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Fine Arts. 

“This demonstration underscored the fact that innovation flourishes within a multitude of disciplines, offering a glimpse into the diverse academic and inventive landscape of our institution,” he said.

TTAC is working with universities, in part, by providing funding and technology transfer support, to increase the commercialization of university technologies.

The first step in building a pipeline of technologies is through developing a culture of innovation on campus, which is one of the priorities that TTAC and participating institutions have focused on this pilot year. 

From here, TTAC will work to screen the recently disclosed technologies for their commercial potential and identify the next steps for intellectual property advancement or technology development opportunities, with the goal of ultimately moving these inventions from the university to the commercial market. 

The LaunchTN TTAC program has played a transformative role in our campus’s commercialization efforts. Through collaboration and critical support, LaunchTN has propelled our ability to advance innovation objectives,” Dr. Aikens said. 

Read more about the showcase and inventions from Teknovation. 

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