Working with Industry

The Medical College of Wisconsin wants to foster innovation and entrepreneurship within the college and engage the broader business community. The Office of Technology Development accelerates the translation of research discoveries into products including better medicines, devices and methods.

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  What are some general guidelines about working with industry?

The OTD recognizes the importance of reaching out to the local investment community.  In this regard, President Raymond and the OTD have hosted a series of introductory meetings with several venture capitalists (VCs) and representatives of angel and venture capital organizations (VCOs). Each expressed interest in obtaining greater access to and providing supporting information about discoveries and technologies and the companies formed around these discoveries/technologies, for identifying investment opportunities.  VCs to explore mutual interests, share information about values and processes, and develop a plan for engaging the VC community to achieve individual and common goals.

In keeping with these trends, MCW and the OTD have developed practices which will facilitate the building of an entrepreneurial ecosystem where such interactions encompass diverse industries and investment groups, build mutual respect and trust and foster efficient communication.  Our practices aim to facilitate meaningful relationships which result in mutual benefits as outlined below:

Benefits to our Industry and Investment Partners:

  • Access to innovative technologies that can form the basis for new products and/or companies
  • Access to MCW scientists and clinicians who can provide their technical and medical expertise and valuable opinions on products and markets

Benefits to the Office of Technology Development:

  • Evaluate new technologies for their commercial potential
  • Provide service to Medical College of Wisconsin faculty, fellows, students and staff

Benefits to the Medical College of Wisconsin:

  • Faculty retention and recruitment
  • Community Engagement
  • Research Funding
  • Employment opportunities for fellows and graduate students

Benefits to all organizations:

  • Financial returns
  • Regional economic development
  • Attribution and recognition
  I have been approached by a company that wants me to do research. What should I do?

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Office of Grants and Contracts manages Sponsored Research Agreements (SRAs) for MCW investigators and has the appropriate templates for such contracts.  The Office of Grants and Contracts works with the Office of Technology Development to review SRAs that pertain to intellectual property rights.

  I have been approached by a company to be a consultant. What should I do?

Please contact the Office of General Counsel.

  I have been contacted by a scientist at another institution who wants research material from my lab. What should I do?

If the material relates to an invention that has been disclosed to the Office of Technology Development, please contact the Office of Technology Development. If not, contact the Office of Grants and Contracts and a Materials Transfer Agreement will be drafted.

  What is a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)?

The MTA defines the rights of the provider and the recipient with respect to the materials and any derivatives.  Biological materials, including animals, reagents, cell lines, plasmids and vectors, are the most frequently transferred materials. MTAs may also be used for other types of materials, such as chemical compounds and even some types of software. The transfer of patient samples requires special conditions, and in this case contact the Office of Grants and Contracts.

MTAs that involve the transfer of materials from a company often contain stringent clauses about ownership of the materials and any data or intellectual property derived from the use of the materials.

Contact Us

MACC Fund Research Center (MFRC) 3056
8701 Watertown Plank Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-4362
(414) 955-6619 (fax)

Send us a Message

Kevin Boggs, MBA, PhD
(414) 955-4381

William Clarke, MD
Director of Research Commercialization
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
(414) 266-3561

Kalpa Vithalani, PhD
Sr. Licensing Manager
(414) 955-4884

James Antczak, PhD
Licensing Manager
(414) 955-4894