Baylor College of Medicine

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The Baylor Licensing Group catalyzes a culture of entrepreneurship by informing, educating and supporting the Baylor research community on matters related to commercialization. We are growing commercialization activities and outcomes at the College with efficient and effective processes and systems for soliciting and managing invention disclosures and negotiating mutually beneficial agreements with industry partners.

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Maximize the Impact of Your Research

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As a leading biomedical research institution with globally recognized excellence across many research disciplines, Baylor should be strongly impacting the next generation of therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, and other solutions that can impact patient’s lives. These benefits won’t happen without commercialization. Relationships with commercial partners will open doors that will ultimately enhance the prestige and reach of the college’s formidable research enterprise.

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Public Benefit and Fulfillment of Our Institutional Mission

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As a member of the Baylor research community, participation in commercialization opens the door for your discoveries to be developed into products and services that benefit society. This activity fulfills public expectations around funding of research – as well as the Baylor mission to create and apply science and discoveries to further education, healthcare, and community service locally and globally.

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Partnering With Industry

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Working with industry may bring new collaborators and new perspectives to your research program. This activity may open doors for you to tap into new resources that may impact your research in different ways.

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Starting a Company

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Commercialization may provide opportunities to be involved in the formation, operationalization, and funding of a new business entity. Only a small subset of technologies merit start-up company formation as the route to commercialization, and the decision to form a start-up company is normally based on the prospect that start-up can secure a sustainable competitive advantage.

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Revenue Generation

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Successful license agreements can provide a source of unrestricted revenue that the College can use to support its research mission; and this revenue provides direct benefits to the Baylor researchers who developed the commercialized technology.

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Opportunities for Funding

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Partnering with a commercial entity may provide a source of funding to support commercialization-focused research through industry-sponsored research or programs like the SBIR/STTR program, CPRIT commercialization grants, or funding from non-profit foundations that are interested specific disease areas and commercial approaches to treat them.

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Opportunities for Student Education and Growth

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Commercialization activities provide opportunities for students and trainees to learn about various aspects of the commercialization process by serving as interns with the Baylor Licensing Group and through potential employment/consulting relationships with start-up companies.

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Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine signed an interinstitutional agreement to facilitate research and teaching collaborations between the two private schools in 2015.

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Guide to Commercialization

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The Guide to Commercialization is designed to educate faculty regarding various aspects of commercialization including the different types of relationships between academia and industry, disclosure submission and management, marketing, licensing and patent strategy.

Explore the Guide.
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Contact Us

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Phone: (713) 798-6821
Fax: (713) 798-1252
Email: blg@bcm.edu

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Department Contacts

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Each Baylor Licensing Group project manager is responsible for managing disclosures from a portfolio of departments. Please contact the representative associated with your department/academic center for licensing assistance.

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Agreements and Responsible Parties

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Links to agreements and parties responsible for each agreement.

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Disclose Your Technology

Online Disclosure Form
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A Record of Success

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Past success is an excellent of predictor of future success in commercialization. Our achievements demonstrate that BLG has the skills, knowledge and experience to help you.

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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.

Find the BLG representative for your department.
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guidecover
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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.

Find the BLG representative for your department.
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Types of Agreements that Govern Academic Industry Interactions

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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Industry Consulting Agreement

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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.

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Disclosure Submission and Management

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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).

Learn about disclosure and submission management for various technologies.
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Marketing

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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.

Learn about the roles of BLG project managers and faculty in marketing efforts.
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Licensing

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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.

Read about the negotiating process for executing an agreement.
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Patent Strategy

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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.

Learn about patent strategy.
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Disclose Your Technology

Online Disclosure Form
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Looking for an answer to a specific question about commercialization? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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A Record of Success

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Past success is an excellent of predictor of future success in commercialization. Our achievements demonstrate that BLG has the skills, knowledge and experience to help you.

View highlights.