Choosing a Career in Technology Transfer

Kaitlyn Anness

February 29  in Partnership Opportunities

The National Institutes of Health Career Options Series recently highlighted what it's like to have a career in technology transfer (T2), and how to get started in one.

On its Careers Blog, NIH listed the following as key skills to have in the T2 field:

  • Strong science background and understanding of the needs of scientific community
  • Technology transfer knowledge, including: patents, IP, licensing, policies/laws, standard agreements and procedures
  • People skills, especially the ability to deal with multiple constituencies while working as a member of a team
  • Communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Negotiation skills – in tech transfer, negotiations go around license agreements with inventors, owners, other parties, etc.
  • Time and management skills

In addition to the resources provided by organizations like NIH, those interested in the T2 field can find a large amount of resources right here on FederalLabs.org to find out more about what a career in tech transfer entails.