Tuesday Licensing Forum: Modeling Technology Transfer Impact - Developing Indicators for Measuring NIH Licensing Impact

Tuesday Licensing Forum: Modeling Technology Transfer Impact - Developing Indicators for Measuring NIH Licensing Impact

July 10, 2023

For this week's Tuesday Licensing Forum, on July 11 at 2 p.m. we will have a special presentation and discussion with Jeffrey Alexander, PhD, Director of Innovation Policy at RTI International.


In 2022, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Technology Transfer engaged RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, to develop new methods for characterizing and measuring the impact of technologies developed by the NIH Intramural Research Program. The RTI team created a model to illustrate how technologies licensed from NIH to firms contribute to the stimulation of the U.S. biomedical innovation system, economic activity, and national and global public health. The project generated a suite of indicators by linking NIH licensing agreements with external databases and analysis and demonstrated a range of impacts over the course of more than 30 years of technology transfer activity. The results of the study are shown in the Public Health and Economic Impact Study available at www.techtransfer.nih.gov/reports/. In this talk, Dr. Alexander will explain these new indicators, compare them to more traditional metrics, and discuss their advantages and limitations.

Tuesday Licensing Forum 
Occurs every Tuesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET
Meeting number (access code): 2550 971 1720
Meeting password: P38Ad2DBnQb

Meeting link: https://nih.webex.com/wbxmjs/joinservice/sites/nih/meeting/download/6d42cafb64194738a0796c8995618746?siteurl=nih&MTID=m89117819476b9ca186b7a6257cdddd07

About the speaker:

Dr. Jeffrey Alexander is Director for Innovation Policy in the Innovation Economics Program at the Research Triangle Institute, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge to practice. He has over 30 years of experience in conducting in-depth analyses of high-technology markets, tracking and evaluating R&D strategies and policies, and advising governments and firms on technology program funding and implementation. His research focuses on the quantitative measurement of innovation and economic growth; innovation-based economic development strategy; the dynamics of government/university/industry research partnerships; and novel data analysis for technology forecasting and assessment. His work has been funded by U.S. government agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, as well as nonprofit organizations and foreign governments. He also provided advice on innovation policy and promotion efforts to national government agencies in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. His research articles are published in Research Policy, Research Evaluation, The Journal of Technology Transfer, Technovation and Nikkei Information Strategy (Japan), and he is co-author (with Prof. Elias Carayannis) of the book Global and Local Knowledge: Glocal Transatlantic Public-Private Partnerships for Research & Technology Development.

Jeff previously worked in the Arlington, Virginia office of SRI International leading projects on measuring research and innovation and the use of machine learning in technology forecasting. He spent his early career in strategy consulting and market research in the telecommunications and IT sectors, as well as technology policy analysis, with the consulting firm Washington CORE LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. He holds a Ph.D. in Management and Technology from The George Washington University, and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University, where he completed the honors program in science, technology and society.