Kirsten Leute
September 21, 2018

Tech Transfer

An Interview with Nancy Sullivan, CEO & Managing Director of Illinois Ventures

In June, OUP released our Research Realized interview with Nancy Sullivan, CEO and Managing Director of Illinois Ventures. Illinois Ventures is a seed and early-stage technology investment firm focused on research-derived companies in information technologies, physical sciences, and life sciences. While their origins are investing in businesses based on innovations from the University of Illinois, they […]

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Natasha Azar
July 3, 2018

University Startups

2018 VC & University Startup Financing Trends

We’re almost halfway through 2018, which means we at Osage University Partners (OUP) again hosted our annual financing trends webinar (last year’s recap). For the 2018 version, our investment team analyzed not only general VC investment trends, but also trends specific to our partner university network of 5,000+ startups. I should mention this blog post only pulls […]

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Kirsten Leute
June 6, 2018

Tech Transfer

An interview with Lita Nelsen and Katharine Ku

Some people had the fortune to fall into technology transfer before it was a known career and helped shape the field to become the vibrant, challenging, and rewarding profession it is today. Two of those players are Lita Nelsen, former Director of MIT’s Technology Licensing Office, and Katharine Ku, former Executive Director of the Office […]

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Natasha Azar
January 8, 2018

Venture Capital

Healthcare IT Startups: How to Assess a Maturing Market

The provision of quality cost effective healthcare is one of the most significant challenges facing the U.S. today. Healthcare now accounts for more than one-sixth of the U.S. gross domestic product. According to a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. healthcare spending reached $3.2 trillion, or $9,990 per person, and hospital […]

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Kirsten Leute
December 5, 2017

Tech Transfer

Traversing the Valley of Innovation Death

Working in technology transfer for almost two decades, I was a frequent occupant of the Valley of Innovation Death, or as I call it, the VoID. If you’re unfamiliar with the VoID, here is the traditional representation: Inventions are created and reach a certain level of basic research. But as they attempt to transition to the […]

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Louis Berneman
September 8, 2017

Tech Transfer

Changing of the Guard

As many academic institutions begin a new fiscal year, let’s take a moment to celebrate the end of an era in academic technology transfer (TT). The long and distinguished careers of TT luminaries have come to an end as they retire or transition to less demanding positions. In the past year or so, individuals who […]

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Natasha Azar
August 16, 2017

University Startups

What’s the Pulse on 2017 Midyear VC Investment?

Every few weeks, Osage University Partners hosts a webinar that dives into a specific technology sector with the intention of helping the technology commercialization professionals at our partner institutions better understand current market behaviors. We realize, however, that financing trends can dramatically shift in only one quarter. We’re past the midyear mark in 2017 and […]

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Kirsten Leute
August 3, 2017

Tech Transfer

Technology transfer is all grown up

While my colleagues at OUP have recently been outdoing one another on well-researched blogs (here, here, and here), I’ve decided to go the opposite direction and write about some non-data oriented, anecdotal thoughts I’ve had on the technology transfer profession and how it’s changed from a little-known job to an actual career. Around 15 years ago, while […]

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Louis Berneman
June 28, 2017

Tech Transfer

Negotiators are Born and Bred: Berneman’s 10 Rules for Principled Negotiation

Our daughter, it seems, emerged from the womb negotiating; our son was more laid back. Today, she’s still at it (as are her 3 daughters) and our son has effectively learned when and how to negotiate for what he needs and wants. Becoming a skilled negotiator is achievable, regardless of personality type. Here are 10 […]

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Natasha Azar
June 5, 2017

Venture Capital

Phishing for Answers: A Chat on Cybersecurity Startups

Cyber threats and attacks have arrived in full force. They threaten not only individuals, but corporations and nation states. Within corporations, the types of cyber threats and the various methods of protection have exploded. Universities are rising to the challenge, as the level of research around security detection, prevention, and encryption has significantly increased.   […]

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David Dorsey
May 3, 2017

University Startups

Who are the Founders of University Spinouts?

Venture capitalists place considerable emphasis on founding teams. As VCs, we think a lot about what personality types, backgrounds, and skills to look for in a solid company founder. Some of the most important traits are qualitative. For example, we often talk about how CEOs should be excellent listeners. We look for traits like curiosity, […]

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Marc Singer
February 23, 2017

Venture Capital

Why We’re Investing in AI for Healthcare

University of Washington startup KenSci recently announced its $8.5M Series A financing and Osage University Partners is proud to have participated in the round alongside Ignition Partners. This is our 64th investment in a university spinout since our founding in 2009. Based on four years of research at the University of Washington, KenSci is a machine learning platform that helps health […]

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Stephanie Stehman
February 8, 2017

University Startups

The Mother of Invention? Not Exactly.

The gender gap in academia at the faculty level has been well documented. Male faculty far outnumber women, particularly in the STEM disciplines, though the gap has narrowed in recent decades. It’s also no secret that the rate of academic entrepreneurship is on the rise: the number of startups formed out of university research has […]

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John Lee
December 23, 2016

University Startups

Listen Up Startups, The Federal Government Is Giving You Money

In 1981, as part of the Economic Recovery Tax Act, Congress enacted a federal R&D tax credit to encourage investment into software and technology. The credit today remains one of the largest incentives for businesses in the US. Historically, the credit was only applicable to deductions in income tax, which made it challenging for startups […]

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Natasha Azar
December 22, 2016

Venture Capital

Is Med Tech Venture Investment Waning?

When Osage University Partners (OUP) first decided to host a conversation between venture investors on a specific industry sector, one topic clearly presented itself through suggestions from several of our academic partners: venture investment in the medical device sector. Recurring questions included: Where is investment occurring in the area of med tech? When should I […]

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Manny Stockman
October 24, 2016

University Startups

A Brief History of University Startup Exits

Cutting-edge research? Experienced leadership running a team of sharp 20-somethings? Core technology and science addressing established problems in a hard sector (with millions of dollars in non-dilutive grant funds)? Most startups would be lucky to check the boxes on these questions. But in the world of university startups, doing so is the minimum exit velocity […]

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Kirsten Leute
September 28, 2016

Tech Transfer

Crossing a Small Chasm

Last year, I surprised many (including myself) by leaving a job I loved in university technology transfer and accepting a job at a venture capital firm that invests in university spinouts. In my almost two decades of being a technology transfer person, I often negotiated with attorneys, entrepreneurs, and other business people in licensing technologies […]

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John Lee
September 21, 2016

University Startups

The Academic Spinout Flywheel

Over the last 5 years, the pace of startup creation at universities has greatly accelerated, increasing the number of new spinouts a year by over 50%. In 2014, 914 startups spun out of university research labs across the US; by comparison, only 553 university startups were created in 2006. For a number of reasons in […]

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