The AUTM Regional Meeting in Madison was a success! I was on a panel with others to talk about Social Media and its relevancy in technology transfer. One of the most important things we have learned while the iBridge Network has evolved, is niche and super-niche audiences need a place to find each other. People need people not just patents and new innovations. This is where the iBridge Network can provide the tools. We have Forums and communities set up for you to find collaborators, experts and people looking for knowledge. Our first is a BioBanking forum, the way these work is to aggregate all innovations from all general subjects and put them on one page, we also add any people associated with BioBanking and their universities, an exciting addition is our comments area. Anyone can leave any comments, questions or general thoughts. Take a look, leave a comment and join the community.
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Hopefully everyone was able to see our very own Lesa Mitchell talk about the iBridge Network on CNBC, if not check out the homepage of the iBridge Network! Lesa and I were both in Detroit for the New Economy Initiative, the goal is to build 400 companies in the next 3 years, if you do the math that is a new company every 2.7 days! The iBridge Network is a huge part of this opportunity and is the base for a lot of the programs taking place in Michigan! We were in front of 500 emerging entrepreneurs that are very excited to use the Network as a source for finding new innovation and collaborators!
In today’s unchartered business climate we have been hearing a lot about innovation and collaboration as ways to stimulate and revive the economy in the short term and also unearth breakthroughs that are still being talked about decades from now. To actually see attempts at making these concepts of innovation and collaboration more tangible all you have to do is look at the skyline. New century cities, science parks and megaparks, as they are referred to, are the hottest fad—sprouting up across the US in every city and state with a university and throughout developing nations around the world. Whatever the focus (they are geared to specific industries ranging from biotechnology to advanced materials to medical services), the trend is to nurture living, breathing communities rather than sterile, remote compounds of research silos.
As an innovation catalyst that provides a vibrant, online community to enable universities, companies and entrepreneurs with the ability to connect, collaborate and license tomorrow’s research, products and services, the iBridge Network feels this concept of communities, or “forums” as we refer to them, are key to spurring innovation among researchers, universities, companies and entrepreneurs. We understand the value of working with today’s leading universities and companies to create easily accessible online forums that replicate and surpass the concrete and glass centers of innovation, provide specialized content by industry and enable collaboration and innovation without the financial or infrastructure investment. By creating these forums online as a part of our well established network, ideas and research can be easily shared with potential partners across the US and around the globe—with the goal of turning today’s ideas into tomorrow’s products and services.
Yes, we have finally done it. Click here to find more information about the partnership and how you can take advantage of this great effort.
We have thought it many times…two heads are better than one. There are many examples of this on the internet, just look at all the open source software. This is exactly the point of the iBridge Network, to find collaborators in a space to advance innovation, not spend time recreating the wheel. Think of the possibilities that could be unleashed if we stopped hoarding our pre-competitive innovations and shared them with others. Doing this could elevate the competitiveness of the researchers, the organizations and our nation, thus producing more results. I read an interesting fact in an article entitled “The New Socialism” by Kevin Kelly – 60,000 man-years of work were dedicated to last year’s release of Fedora Linux 9. There is proof that without sharing you are spinning your wheels.
The Chronicle of Higher Education says the iBridge Network “…lets institutions share information about inventions and research tools developed by their faculty members.” We are seeing many of our members and meeting new universities as well as industry representatives. With this story, The Latest Online Match: Companies Can Hook Up With Universities on Tech Transfer, written by Goldie Blumenstyk, notes that the iBridge Network is “…a way for industry to learn about the work of academics that might be of commercial interest.”
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We are excited to announce that the iBridge Network has partnered with NineSigma, the leading provider of open innovation solutions. While all of the details are still being worked out, we are confident that by working together we will help connect industry leaders with the research and innovations produced at our members’ schools and beyond.
As more information becomes available, we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, visit our News page to learn more.
The UIDP is coming, the UIDP is coming! We are so excited for this meeting to be held at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation from April 9-10. It is the first conference of its kind; focusing on open innovation and open collaboration between universities and industries. We are thrilled to see real models in place and learn how it’s done! The iBridge Network will also have a booth at the conference, so we can share how we make university developed research easy to access for anyone with access to the internet.