University of Minnesota
Office for Technology Commercialization

Office for Technology Commercialization homeOTC

About OTC

The Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC) oversees all aspects of technology commercialization at the University, bridging the gap between the lab and the marketplace to connect faculty with companies to achieve results.


The mission of the OTC is to facilitate the transfer of University of Minnesota research to licensees for development of new products and services that benefit the public good, foster economic growth and generate revenue to support the University’s research and education goals.


Each customer has specific business needs. To best respond to those needs, the OTC is organized into industry groups, ensuring that the right knowledge and experience is at the table. Below are our various business units:

Agriculture & Horticulture

Engineering & Physical Sciences

Life Sciences

Software & Information Technology

Venture Center (startups)

PDF Doc For more detail, download the OTC Organizational Chart


OTC is charged with aggressively seeking commercial partners to license high-potential technologies. OTC contributes to the University’s strategic positioning goals by making promising University-based technologies available to the public (from discovery to utility) and by maximizing the return-on-investment value of University Intellectual Property. Through marketing and licensing of technology, OTC generates financial returns for the institution from licensing fees (in the form of cash, equity, or other consideration), the royalty rate paid on company revenues, patent reimbursement, and development milestone payments.


More Information

Guide to Technology Commercialization

Click here to download a guide to tech transfer at the U.


The University of Minnesota – Office for Technology Commercialization makes technologies available in a variety of ways:

  • Free for academic use
  • Express licenses – online licensing and payment processing
  • Fast-track opportunity licenses, for early stage technologies
  • Negotiated, exclusive, and non-exclusive license agreements
  • Internal business units – University-led incubators for smaller, evolving opportunities
  • University startup companies

2016 Annual Report

Click here to download our FY16 annual report.

Previous Annual Reports

Click here to download our FY15 annual report.

Click here to download our FY14 annual report.

Click here to download our FY13 annual report.