BU is committed to getting our researchers’ ideas and technology into the world to benefit society. The Technology Development office is here to help, whether that means creating intellectual property to protect your idea (in the form of a patent or copyright), completing license agreements, or helping you start a company to advance your product or technology.

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Our field-specific business development leads are standing by to discuss licensing, intellectual property, conflicts of interest, and how you can advance your idea.

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The Innovator’s Quarterly: Handheld Skin Cancer Evaluation Tool Based on BU Research Receives FDA Clearance

April 2024 | News from BU Industry Engagement and Technology Development In this issue... A product from DermaSensor Inc., based on technology for skin cancer detection developed by BU spectroscopy researcher Irving Bigio, recently received FDA clearance. BU engineers Ji-Xin Cheng and Selim Ünlü are developing breakthrough microscopy technologies to help scientists visualize their samples […]

Past Events & Resources

Equity in Innovation: Overcoming Barriers to Women Engaging in Innovation and the Patent System (2020)

Join Technology Development and Arrows to explore the barriers women face in innovation and the patent system. The event will feature a keynote from Laura Peter, Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), followed by a panel discussion with Deputy Director Peter, Biomedical Engineering Professor Joyce Wong, and patent attorney Susanna Benn. The keynote […]

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Writing Winning SBIR/STTR Grant Proposals: Insights from Advisors and Reviewers (2020)

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are $2.4+ billion federal grant platforms established to fund product commercialization. Through a competitive, awards-based program, SBIR and STTR fund qualified small businesses to bring products to market. This seminar is designed to help you determine if these programs are right for you, and to share […]

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