The Polsky Center works closely with faculty and affiliated researchers to help them transform their groundbreaking ideas and discoveries into products, services, and ventures. The Technology Commercialization team within the Polsky Center operates as the tech transfer office for the University of Chicago. This dedicated team supports faculty and researchers in pursuing both licensing and startup paths from bench to market.
Throughout the translational process, we provide researchers with guidance and resources to support commercialization of their discoveries, including expertise in market analysis, intellectual property portfolio management, license negotiation and partnership development. We support University innovators across all industries — from helping those who are developing life-saving cancer therapeutics, to those improving disease diagnostics, to those increasing quality of education and training, to those creating green tech energy solutions, and more. To date the Polsky Center has formed over 650 licensing partnerships and launched more than 90 research-based startups, enabling faculty, students and researchers to apply their technologies to critical problems impacting society.
Faculty and researchers interested in learning more about ownership of intellectual property, including statutes and policies, can do so here.