The Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO), and supports industrial liaison, technology transfer and commercialization at Memorial. The TTCO is the interface between Memorial’s research community and its external partners and sponsors.

The TTCO is committed to foster a progressive culture of technology transfer and commercialization that will promote social and economic benefits for Newfoundland and Labrador. We encourage an environment in which graduate students, university researchers and staff, and the business community are able to work together and succeed in bringing research ideas to market.

The TTCO is responsible for the implementation of key actions of the Memorial’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Strategy ensuring all of its recommendations are implemented in a timely manner by their respective units. Additionally, we will be responsible for tracking the success of the strategy by identifying and collecting data regarding appropriate metrics.

See the graphic below to find out more about specific support services.

For more information on Pre-award services please visit the Pre-awards site https://research-tools.mun.ca/rgcs/


Proposal Concept Support

  • Promotes and supports interdisciplinary and interinstitutional collaborative research
  • Provides guidance on the Intellectual Property terms and conditions of research partnerships
  • Ensures agreements include appropriate language related to IP
  • Helps develop specific commercialization strategies for the proposed research projects, where appropriate

New Business Relationships

  • Provides opportunities for new University-Industry partnerships
  • Creates and supports opportunities for Members of the University to demonstrate their capabilities to companies
  • Initiates exchanges between Members of the University and professionals in industry
  • Increases awareness in industry and community about the benefits of collaborating with Memorial

Education on IP (Faculty, Students, Admin Staff, External Staff)

  • Offers training materials and personnel access related to:
    • Rights to the IP created or developed at the University
    • Obligations of the Member of the University, third parties and other members with respect to technology transfer and commercialization
    • Role of the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office
  • Counsels Members of the University on opportunities and options to protect University inventions

Market & Commercialization Strategy

  • Assists Members of the University in their efforts to bring their IP to market
  • Conducts market research to identify appropriate delivery options, users, and value of the created IP
  • Supports a dissemination path for all IP that can be transferred to increase the economic impact of research outcomes
  • Supports the establishment of responsive business structures and processes
  • Develops specific commercialization strategies (i.e., commercial or open source license, sale, spin-off)

Entrepreneurial Business(es) Support

  • Directs potential spin-off companies to Memorial’s incubation facility, the Genesis Centre, for further training and mentorship
  • Advises potential spin-off about market readiness and validating business models
  • Manages the relationship between spin-offs and University researchers associated with such spin-offs
  • Provide mentoring and consultation to Memorial’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (MCE), with-respect-to IP.

Licensing Strategy & Execution

  • Negotiates and drafts license agreements with companies or entrepreneurs
  • Assists companies or entrepreneurs identifying and negotiating with strategic partners
  • Works with licensees to ensure license agreement compliance
  • Supports licensees as required

Patent Management

  • Develops patent strategies
  • Works with external patent agents in the drafting, filing, and prosecuting of patents
  • Engages with Inventors to finalize patent claims and obtaining the documentation necessary to support patent filings
  • Ensures patent procedures are properly conducted

Invention Disclosures

  • Receives and secures Invention Disclosures
  • Reviews technical and scientific details of Invention Disclosures, searching for prior art and funding to support the development of invention disclosures
  • Evaluates and makes recommendations regarding Invention Disclosures patentability and freedom-to-operate
  • Ensure the IP rights and contributions of all IP creators, the University and any third parties are respected
Proposal Concept Support
New Business Relationships
Education on IP (Faculty, Students, Admin Staff, External Staff)
Market & Commercialization Strategy
Entrepreneurial Business(es) Support
Licensing Strategy & Execution
Patent Management
Invention Disclosures
  • Promotes and supports interdisciplinary and interinstitutional collaborative research
  • Provides guidance on the Intellectual Property terms and conditions of research partnerships
  • Ensures agreements include appropriate language related to IP
  • Helps develop specific commercialization strategies for the proposed research projects, where appropriate
  • Provides opportunities for new University-Industry partnerships
  • Creates and supports opportunities for Members of the University to demonstrate their capabilities to companies
  • Initiates exchanges between Members of the University and professionals in industry
  • Increases awareness in industry and community about the benefits of collaborating with Memorial
  • Offers training materials and personnel access related to:
    • Rights to the IP created or developed at the University
    • Obligations of the Member of the University, third parties and other members with respect to technology transfer and commercialization
    • Role of the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office
  • Counsels Members of the University on opportunities and options to protect University inventions
  • Assists Members of the University in their efforts to bring their IP to market
  • Conducts market research to identify appropriate delivery options, users, and value of the created IP
  • Supports a dissemination path for all IP that can be transferred to increase the economic impact of research outcomes
  • Supports the establishment of responsive business structures and processes
  • Develops specific commercialization strategies (i.e., commercial or open source license, sale, spin-off)
  • Directs potential spin-off companies to Memorial’s incubation facility, the Genesis Centre, for further training and mentorship
  • Advises potential spin-off about market readiness and validating business models
  • Manages the relationship between spin-offs and University researchers associated with such spin-offs
  • Provide mentoring and consultation to Memorial’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (MCE), with-respect-to IP.
  • Negotiates and drafts license agreements with companies or entrepreneurs
  • Assists companies or entrepreneurs identifying and negotiating with strategic partners
  • Works with licensees to ensure license agreement compliance
  • Supports licensees as required
  • Develops patent strategies
  • Works with external patent agents in the drafting, filing, and prosecuting of patents
  • Engages with Inventors to finalize patent claims and obtaining the documentation necessary to support patent filings
  • Ensures patent procedures are properly conducted
  • Receives and secures Invention Disclosures
  • Reviews technical and scientific details of Invention Disclosures, searching for prior art and funding to support the development of invention disclosures
  • Evaluates and makes recommendations regarding Invention Disclosures patentability and freedom-to-operate
  • Ensure the IP rights and contributions of all IP creators, the University and any third parties are respected