Technology Commercialization Program:
Turning Yale Research into Successful Startups
Yale faculty with patented technologies can bring their inventions from the lab to the marketplace, opening up new paths for funding and financial success along the way.
Working with the Technology Commercialization Program, which matches faculty inventors with ambitious graduate and professional school students, faculty can form startups around their inventions, identify a market and accelerate their company into a viable commercial entity, all with the dedicated help of a program that offers skilled mentors and an experienced support staff.
Committed, top notch team members share and accelerate the work of startup creation alongside faculty, who often serve as the company’s scientific or technical advisors. Teams engage in market research, building a business plan, networking and pitching to investors.
The TCP is run by Yale’s Office of Cooperative Research—which protects faculty inventions and licenses their technologies—and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute which nurtures faculty-student startups. YEI offers the most promising TCP teams up to $20,000 and admission into the 10-week Summer Fellowship where some of the most successful Yale startups have hatched.
We’re looking for faculty with new technologies who want to partner with student leaders to launch innovative new businesses. Contact Deputy Director Erika Smith (Erika.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Those accepted into the Technology Commercialization Program will be invited to attend a weekly Friday lunch series that will kick off with an opportunity to pitch their technologies (with their grad students) to professional school students and mentors who will help them vet the opportunity, identify a market and accelerate their ideas where appropriate.
TCP SUCCESS STORIES:
Dr. Hur Koser, Ancera. Through the TCP, Dr. Hur Koser was partnered with School of Management student Arjun Ganesan to develop his Yale-patented technology platform for the separation, detection and identification of minute concentrations of pathogens from blood or other bodily fluids. Together they formed Ancera to promote the technology which has major applications in everything from food safety testing to blood transfusions. The company has secured around $1 million in financing. Dr. Koser continues to teach at Yale while serving as Ancera’s president and Chief Technology Officer.
Dr. Daniel Abadi, Hadapt. Yale Computer Science Professor Dr. Daniel Abadi was paired with SOM student Justin Borgman through the TCP to develop a startup around his new database built on the open-source platform Hadoop. This database allowed companies to manage data ranging from spreadsheets to unstructured data like emails, texts and news articles. Hadapt went on to secure $17 million in venture financing from top-tier funds and is now one of the most promising big-data startups in Boston. Dr. Abadi continues to teach at Yale and remains Hadapt’s Chief Scientist.
Dr. Judson Brewer, goBlue: goBlue Labs is a startup based at Science Park in New Haven that brought Yale Medical School Professor Dr. Judson Brewer together with SOM student Socheata Poeuv thanks to the TCP. Brewer’s technology utilizes mindfulness training to help people quit smoking and their app, Craving to Quit, is twice as effective as the current gold standard. The goBlue founders are also developing a neurofeedback device that could augment mindfulness training and will eventually be paired with the smoking cessation program. The startup received $500,000 in funding from Bridge Builders Collaborative.