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Faculty Guide to Commercialization

The Guide to Commercialization describes key elements of the commercialization process and the teams and individuals involved in this process. Learn who does what, why they do it and how they can serve you.

Explore the content below for information on various types of relationships between academia and industry, consulting agreements, disclosure submission and management, marketing, licensing and patent strategy.

The members of BLG work at the intersection of two very different cultures. Successfully negotiating agreements with industry partners requires a programmatic approach for flexibility, equity and balance in the final agreement. Read how we balance your needs with the needs of industry.

Types of Agreements that Govern Academic Industry Interactions

Learn about the different types of agreements that govern academic and industry interactions and find the contacts you need to get started.

Agreements and Responsible Parties

A listing of the different types of agreements between academia and industry, including which offices at Baylor College of Medicine are responsible for each. 

License Agreements

License agreements confer a package of rights to the commercial partner to allow them to use BCM-owned technology in the commercial marketplace.

Material Transfer Agreements

Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) are used for the transfer of biological materials between entities

Data Transfer/Use Agreement

Data Transfer or Use Agreements (DTAs/DUAs) are used for the transfer of data related to human trials or patients. 

Confidential/Non-Disclosure Agreement

Two parties will enter into a confidential/non-disclosure agreement (CDA/NDA) when they desire to exchange confidential, proprietary information and they wish to protect it against inappropriate disclosure.

For Basic Research

Faculty conducting basic research may develop relationships with industry regarding sponsored research, service and testing and collaborations.

Industry Consulting Agreement

As a thought and opinion leader in your chosen field of study, for-profit companies may desire access to your expertise through a consulting relationship. It is important for you to read and understand your obligations under the Disclosure of Outside Interest Policy (Baylor login required). If you are contemplating a consulting relationship, read answers to frequently asked questions first.

Disclosure Submission and Management

As is standard practice among academic institutions, Baylor College of Medicine owns intellectual property developed by its faculty, staff, and students. You are strongly encouraged to educate yourself on the college’s policies regarding intellectual property ownership and disposition as specified in the  College’s policy 20.8.01: Research: Inventions and Patents (Baylor login required). 


Our most successful licensing transactions have almost always involved teamwork between the PI and their BLG project manager working in tandem to find the best commercial partner for development of the technology. Learn about the roles of BLG project managers and faculty in marketing efforts.


When a company approaches BLG and states that they want to enter into a license agreement, a period of negotiation begins during which both parties work to arrive a mutually acceptable deal Some licenses are negotiated and completed in a manner of weeks, whereas others may take many months. Read about the negotiating process for executing an agreement.

Patent Strategy

The goal of the commercialization process is a license that leads to commercial use or development of the technology/invention, and not to obtain a patent per se We make the decision to le a patent when we believe that patent protection is necessary to stimulate commercial interest in an invention so that we can successfully land a licensee. Read this explanation of the patent decision-making and prosecution process and learn about inventorship on a patent and the patent prosecution process.