The Office of Commercialization and Entrepreneurship is focused primarily on increasing the impact of the research conducted across Texas A&M Engineering by transferring these technologies to the marketplace for the public good and providing our researchers the innovation tools and the commercialization support to solve bold transformative problems of the 21st century.
Our office works with all researchers across Texas A&M Engineering from inception of ideas through the various stages of the invention and commercialization process, including:
- Invention Disclosure Facilitation and Management – We work with researchers and faculty to provide advice about the invention disclosure process and its impact on the protection strategies for maximizing commercialization potential of the idea.
- Intellectual Property Protection – Our intellectual property (IP) team provides hands-on guidance in planning an effective patent, copyright or trademark strategy and works closely with outside counsels to execute the necessary protection strategy.
- Licensing – Our licensing team performs in-depth technical and market assessments and actively markets technologies to industry partners. The team also works closely with the Sponsored Research Program office in matters to related to IP terms within industry research agreements.
- Start-up Assistance – We provide proactive assistance in analyzing potential opportunities to form a start-up based upon Texas A&M technology and encourage active participation with inventors who prefer to participate in the start-up journey. We also advise faculty members on The Texas A&M University System’s policies and procedures including external employment and conflict-of-interest issues.
- Building a Robust Entrepreneurship Ecosystem – We help our researchers with various programs like the National Science Foundation NSF I-Corp and I-Site to facilitate the knowledge of the processes needed to validate the commercialization potential of their technologies. We also conduct statewide events like the Texas A&M New Ventures Competition to support early-stage technology companies through commercialization training and give awards to advance their innovation.
- Entrepreneur-in-Residence – These staff members bring their commercialization subject matter expertise for large proposals and along with our licensing team, provide the support to principal investigators in large multidisciplinary grants by bringing their experience in project management and commercialization by integrating themselves with the project team. They have also mentored the I-Corp teams for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.