The LifeArc Technology Transfer Fellowship is run in partnership with the Imperial College Enterprise Division, Queen Mary Innovation and UCL Business (UCLB), the technology transfer offices (TTOs) for Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London and University College London, respectively.

With competitive entry level salaries provided by LifeArc, the Fellowships are designed to provide training and hands-on practical experience in four of London’s leading technology transfer environments.

The participation of four leading life science technology transfer organisations in the training will provide fellows with experience in a broad range of activities, science, technology mix and technology transfer practices.

What skills do you need for a career in technology transfer?

Launching a career in technology transfer can be challenging. New entrants to the profession require a solid background in research as well as good business acumen. Successful technology transfer professionals must draw on their academic expertise to grasp scientific concepts quickly and, using strong communication skills, they must be able to explain these concepts in a clear and concise manner.

A working understanding of patent law, an ability to negotiate commercial agreements and stakeholder influencing skills are also required. Individuals applying to entry level roles would benefit from demonstrating aptitude or interest in these areas.

Knowledge and skills can be developed by working in a commercial environment, but academic researchers are unlikely to have exposure the business aspects of the role. It can therefore be particularly difficult for researchers from academia to break into the sector.

The Fellowship programme is designed to help you develop these skills and to build your network, thus boosting your prospects of launching a career in technology transfer.

“A truly excellent opportunity”

Tom Hockaday, author of ‘University Technology Transfer: What It Is and How To Do It’ and Managing Director of Oxford University Innovation from 2006 to 2016, commented: “This is a truly excellent opportunity and well done to LifeArc for bringing it together.

“There are very few similar opportunities available to get such a detailed insight into the workings of technology transfer offices, the challenges, the opportunities to support researchers and to see the brilliance of scientific research results having an impact in society. The roles into which alumni have moved, clearly demonstrate how the Fellowship develops skillsets that the participants will benefit from as their careers progress.”

What training does the Fellowship provide?

Find out more about how the Fellowship could help you develop a career in Technology Transfer by learning how previous cohorts of Technology Transfer Fellows benefitted from the programme.

Contact details

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