RIT Collaborates to Help Economic Growth Across the State

University joins network of New York State Tech Commercialization Clinics

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It comes at a time when a regional economic stimulus is needed most—a university-sourced network of Technology Commercialization Clinics to spur growth in commercial development of new technologies across New York State.

Launched at Syracuse University College of Law’s New Technology Law Center and funded by the New York State Legislature, the effort has enabled an expansion of the model to other colleges and universities across the state—including Rochester Institute of Technology.

“RIT is delighted to be participating in the new SUNTECH developed Technology Commercialization Clinic,” says Richard DeMartino, director of the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and associate professor of management at RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

“We have been actively involved in technology commercialization activities for many years, but SUNTECH provides a unique opportunity for us to collaborate, benchmark, and learn within a network of similarly motivated universities. The Rochester region, which has struggled with the declines of its traditional employers, has a wide range of unique technology portfolios. The TCC serves as a dynamic program seeking to commercialize these activities.”

RIT will be joined by Niagara University and State University of New York at Stony Brook to participate in the “new model” program, based on the existing SU College of Law Technology Commercialization Research Center established at SU by Professor Ted Hagelin more than 20 years ago. The program offers graduate students in law, engineering, business and other disciplines the opportunity to provide technical, marketing and legal research and analysis to early-stage companies, and universities to bring new technologies to market.