Alex Valiaev works at the Technology Development Center, which is part of OSU Cowboy Innovations. He is responsible for biomedical technology related transactions. While INTERACT brings researchers together, Valiaev’s group can help take that research to the next level.
“The Technology Development Center is a conduit between Oklahoma State University researchers or investigators and industry,” Valiaev said. “Our work involves intellectual property protection, determination of intellectual property strategy, patent, licensing and technology business development. We actively look for research collaborators and industry partnerships to help translate early stage technology assets from the university into pre-clinical development programs.
“There are many ways in which the translation of research into the clinic can happen. We need to be able to support our innovators. This may include programs focused on customer discovery and understanding the product market fit. It may be business mentoring programs where experienced entrepreneurs or industry executives advise investigators on the best pathway to commercialize innovation. It could also be educational and economic development grants focused on small business innovation or small technology transfer research. Pilot or seed grant support can also play an important role.
“What we can do, I believe, is seek additional resources and expertise to help us navigate through the complex ecosystem of medical device, therapeutic development or diagnostic development to help develop a system where clinical translation and technology commercialization is less daunting to investigators.
“I greatly enjoy working with the director of INTERACT, Dr. Ashish Ranjan. His research has generated a lot of interest from various industry partners. I’m really passionate about helping his center. I really want him to be successful as a research leader and innovator. It’s real important to have an industry partner behind technology development or translational activity. That’s where the Technology Development Center and I can help.”
The Institute for Translational and Emerging Research in Advanced Comparative Therapy (INTERACT) aims to fulfill One Health research by conducting parallel investigations in both humans and animals. INTERACT promotes interdisciplinary research within the veterinary college, across the OSU campus and throughout the state and nation by developing and translating discoveries into therapies for patients. INTERACT has faculty participants from almost all OSU colleges, industry experts, foundation partners, and personnel from other academic institutions around the country. For more information, visit INTERACT or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.