The Path of Innovation at UTMD Anderson

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

The Office for Strategic Industry Ventures

  1. To organize company pipeline presentations to assist faculty's efforts at staying abreast of industry efforts
  2. To foster faculty company interactions in order to promote collaboration
  3. To identify, negotiate, and manage strategic relationships
  4. To serve as a point of contact for information between academia and industry
  5. To coordinate internal financial support of commercial development of MD Anderson innovation


  1. Ferran Prat, PhD, JD, Vice President, (713) 792-7805,
  2. Luetta Allen, PhD, Project Director, External Collaborations, (713) 563-3545,

The Office of Technology Commercialization will assist faculty with:

  1. Invention disclosures
  2. Patent strategy
  3. License strategy
  4. Faculty consulting

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The Office of Technology Discovery will assist faculty with:

  1. Supporting innovation and discovery
  2. Helping to initiate invention disclosures
  3. Connecting faculty to the Office of Technology Commercialization
  4. Faculty consulting in entrepreneurship
  5. Gap funding of promising technologies


  1. Olivier Wenker, MD, MBA, Director of Technology Discovery, Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, (713) 563-0936; (note: this office will close on December 31, 2013)
  1. Hub of an active and growing life science cluster.
  2. Academic and research institutions connect with life science companies and service providers
  3. Become part of the community today and take advantage of a bi-weekly newsletter and job boards.

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  1. The largest technology business incubator and accelerator in Texas, advancing the commercialization of emerging technology companies in the greater Houston area.
  2. HTC serves as the nexus of new ideas, technological innovation, and entrepreneurship.
  3. Houston Technology Center works closely with entrepreneurs and startup companies providing them with in-depth strategic and tactical business guidance, fundraising advice, and connecting them to opportunities, allies, and capital.
  4. HTC assists Houston-based entrepreneurs within several key sectors: energy, information technology, life sciences, nanotechnology, and NASA/aerospace.

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  1. Platform Houston is a community campus for accelerating talent and ideas.
  2. We are a home for problem solvers interested in biotechnology, software, education, or the Next Big Thing.
  3. We offer extensive resources including professional mentorship and seminars, technology workshops, and a friendly, collaborative atmosphere.

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  1. Houston Angel Network offers the opportunity to form relationships with HAN members which could result in business opportunities
  2. The chance to view early stage companies which might need the sponsors services
  3. The ability to participate in HAN educational events and select social events

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  1. Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTO)

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