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Tech Commercialization

Tech Commercialization

The Polsky Center works closely with faculty and affiliated researchers to help them transform their groundbreaking ideas and discoveries into products, services, and ventures. We support startups during the complex commercialization process 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. We have 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.

Select Licensees and Partners

See additional Select Licensees here.

invention disclosure

tell us about your idea

Download the disclosure form to get started:

Share your invention or discovery with the Technology Commercialization and Licensing (TCL) team. TCL is the Polsky Center team that develops and manages the University’s intellectual property portfolio. We provide faculty with guidance and resources related to their discoveries, including expertise in market analysis, intellectual property portfolio management, license negotiation and partnership development.

our approach

Support through every stage of development

We are proud to have helped develop new companies and to have licensed technologies to a wide range of companies working in a number of technical spaces, industries from oncology to nanotechnology. Learn how our team can work with you and have your questions answered here.


Commercialize your invention

From conception to commercialization and beyond, our patent and licensing specialists and venture support team will work with you in order to secure your intellectual property, begin the commercialization process, and protect your interests.


Available Technologies

Our experts are dedicated to deploying technologies developed by University researchers for significant, positive social and economic impact. The team has launched more than 90 research-based startups that have enabled faculty, students, and researchers to apply their technologies to critical problems impacting society.

What We've Been Up To

News and Successes

Faculty Support

Policies and resources

Under Statute 18 of the University of Chicago Statutes, the University owns inventions made in the course of work at the University, and/or with the substantial aid of its facilities and/or funds administered by it, and such inventions must be disclosed to the University.


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