Technology Transfer

California Pacific CURRENTS: The online journal of CPMC Research Institute

cannabinoid molecule

Illustration of a cannabinoid molecule, which may prove useful in treating breast cancer. Researchers at CPMCRI are leading new research into the use of cannabinoid compounds for treating cancer.

Overview

Research conducted at California Pacific Medical Center brings new developments from the lab to the clinic. Exceptional patient care is integrated with extensive research, dedicated to education, research and to California communities.

The Office of Technology Transfer & Intellectual Property Management serves our investigators by matching technologies and research with industry needs. The work of our investigations involve such diverse areas as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, gene therapy, neurobiology of pain, organ transplantation, AIDS and other infectious diseases.

The technology transfer office handles legal matters involved in the intellectual property, evaluates the invention's economic prospects and explores opportunities for collaboration and commercialization.


Technology Transfer Process

Technology transfer is the process of transferring innovations resulting from research in an academic institution to the industrial sector.

The technology transfer office handles legal matters involved in intellectual property, evaluates the invention's economic prospects and decides whether to protect the invention by patenting or by keeping the invention a trade secret. Inventions made using the Research Institute’s resources are owned by the Institute. 

When a commercial company and the Institute agree to commercialize an invention or a technology, a non-confidential document summarizing the invention is sent by the technology transfer office to the interested companies’ review, with the technology transfer office requesting a signed confidentiality agreement prior to a full disclosure.

Upon further interest, the Institute and the company proceed to negotiating licensing terms. At this stage, the Institute usually requires the prospective licensee to submit a development plan and a corresponding letter of intent. After a due diligence process and the execution of a licensing agreement, both parties may start earning income from the transferred technology.


Contact Information

The Office of Technology Transfer & Intellectual Property Management

CPMC Research Institute
Technology Transfer
P.O. Box 7999
San Francisco, CA
94120