The Office of Technology Commercialization at the University of Florida

The University of Florida Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) is responsible for commercializing technologies developed at the University of Florida. The OTC is a part of the Office of Research. Our team includes experienced business professionals who work closely with UF inventors to identify opportunities, protect inventions, and facilitate the transfer of technologies to the marketplace.

The OTC is the primary point of contact for companies interested in licensing UF technologies. We are also responsible for enforcing UF patent rights and managing UF's equity interests in companies that license UF technologies.

If you are a UF inventor with a technology you would like us to evaluate for commercial potential, please submit a technology disclosure form.

If you are a company interested in licensing a UF technology, please contact us.

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) is the University of Florida’s tech transfer arm, responsible for advancing UF research to the marketplace

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) is the University of Florida’s tech transfer arm, responsible for advancing UF research to the marketplace. OTC is a unit within the Division of Research and works closely with UF Innovate | Tech Licensing. Our mission is to facilitate the commercialization of UF research discoveries and innovations and to promote economic development in the state of Florida. We do this by working with UF faculty, staff, and students to assess the commercial potential of their inventions and by assisting them in protecting and marketing their technologies.

Since our inception in 1980, OTC has helped UF inventors launch more than 160 companies and license nearly 3,000 technologies. We are proud to have contributed to the development of some of today’s most popular products, including Gatorade®,entertainment technologies used in the movies Transformers and Avatar, and many life-saving medical inventions.

One of our most recent success stories is TracFone, a cellular phone service provider that was founded by UF alumnus F.J. Fonseca in 1996. TracFone is now the largest “no contract” cell phone service provider in the United States with more than 25 million customers.

If you are a UF faculty or staff member with an invention that you think has commercial potential, we encourage you to contact us. We offer a wide range of services to UF inventors, including technology assessment, market research, patenting assistance, and licensing support. We can help you navigate the process of commercialization and maximize the impact of your invention.

OTC offers a variety of services to UF inventors, including technology evaluation, IP protection, marketing and licensing

As a University of Florida inventor, you have a lot of options available to you when it comes to commercializing your invention. The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) can help you with technology evaluation, IP protection, marketing and licensing.

Technology evaluation is the process of determining whether your invention is commercially viable. This is important because you want to make sure that your invention has a chance of being successful before you invest too much time and money into it.

IP protection is important because it can help you prevent others from stealing your invention. Marketing your invention can be difficult, but it is important to get it out there so that people are aware of it. Licensing your invention can be a great way to make money from it.

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OTC is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and is ranked among the top tech transfer offices in the US

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). AUTM is a professional association of technology transfer professionals and is the leading source of information and education in the field of technology transfer. OTC is ranked among the top tech transfer offices in the US according to the AUTM Licensing Activity Survey. In 2017, OTC generated $32.6 million in revenue from licensing and other commercialization activities, ranking it in the top 10% of tech transfer offices surveyed.

OTC is committed to the University’s land-grant mission of education, research, and public service. OTC works with UNL faculty, staff, and students to identify, protect, and commercialize innovations stemming from UNL research. OTC is responsible for managing the University’s intellectual property portfolio, which includes more than 1,700 active patents and nearly 5,000 copyrights. OTC also licenses University technologies to industry partners and supports the creation of startup companies based on UNL research.

Since its inception in 1986, OTC has generated more than $600 million in revenue for the University, which has been used to support UNL’s research mission. OTC’s success is due to the hard work and dedication of its staff, who are committed to helping UNL faculty and students realize the commercial potential of their research.

In the last fiscal year, OTC generated over $16 million in licensing revenue for UF

In the last fiscal year, OTC generated over $16 million in licensing revenue for UF. The office works with faculty, staff and students to bring new ideas and inventions to market. Inventions that have been successfully commercialized by OTC have a positive impact on the university, the state of Florida and beyond.

OTC is located at the Innovation [email protected] in Gainesville, FL

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) at the University of Florida is responsible for commercializing the research and inventions of UF faculty, staff, and students. The OTC is located in the Innovation [email protected], which is a state-of-the-art facility that provides resources and support for startups and entrepreneurs. The Innovation [email protected] is located in Gainesville, FL.

Fequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is on the OTC team?

    The OTC team includes experienced business professionals who work closely with UF inventors to identify opportunities, protect inventions, and facilitate the transfer of technologies to the marketplace.

  2. What is the primary role of the OTC?

    The OTC is the primary point of contact for companies interested in licensing UF technologies.

  3. What else is the OTC responsible for?

    The OTC is also responsible for enforcing UF patent rights and managing UF's equity interests in companies that license UF technologies.

  4. What is the OTC?

    The Office of Technology Commercialization is responsible for commercializing technologies developed at the University of Florida.