Muscat: A workshop on ‘Mechanisms for the Establishment of Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) in academic and research institutions’ was organised by The Research Council (TRC) on Monday at the Institute of Oil and Gas (instOG).
The workshop shed light on the mechanisms used for the establishment of technology transfer offices, challenges and solutions. It focused on technology transfer operations, in terms of relevance and operational model in research institutions, especially universities. It discussed the TTOs strategies and their multiple stages, starting from the disclosure and evaluation stage to the technology marketing and commercialisation stage.
Functions of TTOs and the infrastructure required for establishing them were also presented. The workshop also stressed on the importance of confidentiality when dealing with disclosure requests, and explained the innovation disclosure form, and the terms and role of the liaison officer who will be the link with the National Technology Transfer Office (NTTO).
Shiekha Al Akhzamiya, from the Innovation and Technology Transfer Center at Sultan Qaboos University, shared the SQU’s experience with the workshop’s participants.(Times of Oman)