Keith Marmer from the University of Utah is Lisa’s guest on this episode of Tech Transfer IP. Keith is the Chief Innovations & Economic Engagement Officer at the Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach and Technology (PIVOT) Center at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Before working at the PIVOT Center, Keith served as the Associate Vice President for Technology & Venture Commercialization and Corporate Partners at the University of Utah.
Keith shares his background and how he landed at the University of Utah. He discusses his view on why he believes the term Tech Transfer should be changed to Innovation Management and what the PIVOT Center is all about. Keith speaks about how the roles for the University of Utah’s Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization have evolved now that the office has become PIVOT Center.
Listen, as Keith talks about how PIVOT Center is structured and their yearly average of invention disclosures and active licenses. Keith discusses their top-earning inventions and what he believes is most important in managing innovations to have the greatest opportunity of success.
Keith speaks about their corporate partners, and their role in getting their wet lab incubator started. He talks about the relationship they have with philanthropic organizations, what StartUp 360 is, some of their most successful startups, and some of their biggest challenges. He also shares the value they find in organizations like AUTM and his opinion on credentialing.