University of Minnesota
Office for Technology Commercialization

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Just like you, we’re in the business of value-creation. Through technology licensing, we’ll assist you in gaining access to a new market, in building a better product, or in simply acquiring a greater mindshare of your existing customers. Our industry partners license our research inventions for further development and ultimately for commercialization as a way to differentiate themselves in their marketplace.

Whether we have found them or they have found us, we’re engaged with several hundred new companies each year. Local or global, established or newly formed, our licensees find that our research offers unique opportunities for them to adopt new methods, compounds, materials, applications, and techniques that will help propel them to a sustainable competitive advantage in the markets that they serve. A few companies that have licensed and successfully commercialized our technology include Medtronic, 3M, Orasi Medical, Honeywell, Boston Scientific, Rolls Royce, Adobe, and many more.

New Visitors

For those unfamiliar with our procedure, we have outlined our licensing process to explain the unique aspects of a University licensing agreement, assist in defining common terms, and share example License Agreement documents. Familiarity with these terms and our process will allow a better understanding of the benefits of working with us, and should help to streamline your interactions and experiences with us.

Returning Guests

For those already acquainted with our licensing process, please visit our licensable technologies through our Technology Marketing Site. Our online portfolio provides a searchable listing of available technologies categorized by one or more technology types. Each technology listing includes a detailed description and contact information for a Technology Marketing Manager. Additionally, a select few inventions may be licensed non-exclusively online.

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Get to know OTC

We welcome inquiries to get to know us individually. We believe the most effective relationships result from ongoing engagements with aligned interests.

If we know what you’re looking to accomplish, we’ll have a better chance of helping you find a compound, tool, or process that will help get you there, hence we always enjoy learning more about your business and technology needs.

If you would like to talk with a Technology Marketing Manager, please visit the staff directory to find the most relevant contact, or contact us to make an introduction.


Phone: 612.624.0550