Commercialize Your Invention

Commercialize Your Invention

The Polsky Center’s Technology Commercialization team leverages decades of expertise, University resources, and broad industry networks to deploy faculty inventions and discoveries that benefit society. From conception to commercialization and beyond, our patent and licensing specialists will collaborate with you in order to secure your intellectual property, begin the commercialization process, and protect your interests.

Disclose Your Idea

Share your invention or discovery with the Technology Commercialization team, who work to safeguard your discovery by securing and protecting patents and other intellectual property. Download the disclosure form and complete the form as instructed.

Intellectual Property

Work with our Tech Commercialization team to assess and secure your intellectual property, advance your technology toward commercialization, and protect your interests as a University inventor.


The Tech Commercialization team’s extensive experience in forming partnerships with new and existing companies and negotiating license agreements allows us to manage the licensing process for the benefit of all involved.

Express Licensing

Apply for The UCGo! Startup License, the University of Chicago’s express license. This optional, standardized, non-negotiable license agreement is available to a startup founded by a University researcher seeking to commercialize University technology.

Get Funded

Take advantage of our integrated expertise, initiatives, and access to resources that can help you launch or advance your venture, including specialized mentorship and proof-of-concept funding through the University of Chicago Innovation Fund. Managed by the Polsky Center, the Innovation Fund provides proof-of-concept funding to UChicago-affiliated ventures and technologies that have the greatest promise to drive societal impact. The Innovation Fund awards up to $250,000 to fill a critical gap in venture funding, providing early capital that is often unavailable, to help bring groundbreaking ideas to market.

Start a Venture

UChicago faculty working on translational research in the areas of microbiome, oncology, and neuroscience may be eligible to participate in the Polsky Center’s Life Sciences Launchpad. Projects are evaluated and selected based on their commercial potential in conjunction with the portfolio manager on the Polsky Center tech commercialization team. The Polsky Life Sciences Launchpad provides hands-on, end-to-end support for select translational, life sciences research projects with the goal of launching them into investable startup ventures.

Find An Industry Partner

Strategic partnership with the Polsky Center can help you maximize the commercialization success of your technology. Our team can provide you with ongoing professional support throughout the technology commercialization process, including helping to identify and engage the appropriate industry partners.

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