Facilitating the Transfer of Innovations for the Public Benefit
The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD) supports research development and commercialization of University intellectual property. Focusing on the protection and transfer of intellectual property through license, confidentiality and material transfer agreements, the OCCD is the bridge between researchers and commercial entities. From Oregon-based startups to large international companies, the OCCD facilitates OSU research to impact the world.
In the News
OSU's tech transfer nudge powered NuScale's beginnings (Sustainable Business Oregon)
A bit more on Thursday's news that NuScale will receive up to $226 million (provided they can match that much) in Department of Energy funds: more
Portland Business Journal's List Leaders: Meet OSU's spinoff companies (Portland Business Journal)
Oregon State University has long had one of the state's most active technology transfer programs, and it's producing results. more
The Best Cities for Entrepreneurs (Entrepreneur)
Corvallis is home to Oregon State University, whose Austin Entrepreneurship Program attracts innovators from around the globe for a mixture of fellowships and seminars. more
New Corvallis tech businesses take off: OSU’s Venture Accelerator launches 12 new startups (Corvallis Advocate)
The OSU Venture Accelerator Program launched its first 12 startups this week in OSU’s bid to create 20 new businesses over the next five years, supercharge the local economy by speeding up the process of research commodification, and increase industry funding of OSU research by 50%. more
Oregon agricultural production sets record; top 10 crops include nursery plants, cattle and hay (OregonLive)
Oregon's agricultural production was worth a record $5.4 billion in 2012, according to preliminary figures compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistics service and Oregon State University.
Portland brewery tests out water-recycling fuel cells (OPB)
The fuel cell was developed by professor Hong Liu and researcher Yanzhen Fan in Oregon State University’s Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering. They’ve been working on it for years, but the Widmer pilot fuel cell will be the first one they’ve ever tested in the field. If it works and can be scaled up, it could save $400,000 a year.
Grafted tomatoes become super producers (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Jim Myers, an Oregon State University horticulture professor who specializes in developing plants that can thrive in the Pacific Northwest, created a purple tomato high in anti-oxidants called the Indigo. Last year, he and graduate assistants tested grafted vs. non-grafted Indigos, and the grafted plants produced three times more.
10 Steps for Innovators (Terra Magazine blog)
Follow the progress of an Oregon State idea that is making the wood-products industry more sustainable.
America’s most innovative cities (24/7 Wall Street)
#4: Corvallis, Oregon, has one of the most educated populations in the country. It has the fourth-highest proportion of adults with a bachelor’s degree at 48.5%, compared to the U.S. average of 28.5%. The region’s productivity has exploded in the past two decades, increasing by an average of 2.6% each year between 1980 and 2010. Corvallis is built around Oregon State University, which is one of its largest employers.
Wepster hazelnut ready for confection market (Western Farm Press)
Oregon State University has developed a new high-yielding, blight resistant hazelnut for the baking and chocolate industries. An additional article about the Wepster hazelnut can be found at AgraNet (subscription required).