TechComm is a federal technology transfer Partner Intermediary established in 2010. TechComm is a coalition of U.S. federal agencies and their federal labs, working with the Center to advance the commercialization of federally funded research, by (1) the transfer of federal patented technology to business and industry for commercial use and manufacturing; and (2) cooperative research and development agreements between federal labs with university, business and industry partners.
The Center is merging its agreements with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), to serve the technology transfer goals of all the participating agencies.
The TechComm affiliate partner network facilitates licensing of federal patented technology by industry, and cooperative research agreements between federal labs, industry and universities. This helps define the federal lab research “road map,” enabling industry and academia to take greater advantage of federal R&D resources. The TechComm network includes universities, economic development organizations, corporations, and venture funds across the U.S.
- Increased and speedier deal flow
- An improved and expanded network of contacts
- Quick matches with potential licensees
- Reduced burden market research to lab administrative staff
- Research collaboration connecting entities with discoveries to those who need them
- Assistance accessing capital, including angel, seed, and venture funds
- Support for entrepreneurial development
Participation in national and regional technology showcases
TechComm provides connectivity and access to labs associated with the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Homeland Security and the National Institutes of Health. A comprehensive listing of federal labs is available at www.federallabs.org/labs/.