On this episode of Technology Transfer IP, Lisa has the pleasure of speaking with Jim O’Connell, the Assistant Vice President for Commercialization at UF Innovate at the University of Florida. In addition to UF Innovate, Jim also leads the Sid Martin Biotech and The Hub and is the Director of Tech Licensing. Jim works with internal and external constituents to provide strategic leadership and direction in building and capitalizing on facilities, expertise, and technology at the University of Florida.
Listen as Jim shares his background and journey to Tech Transfer at UF Innovate. Jim talks about the true story of the invention of Gatorade, what happens to the money that the recognizable brand generates, and how he and his team manage the expectations that not every UF invention will achieve the same blockbuster status.
Jim discusses how his office is structured and how many invention disclosures, patent filings, revenue-generating agreements, royalty income, and other metrics his office had last year. Jim believes that the team and industry experience are most important when managing innovations to have the greatest opportunity for success. Listen as Jim shares some of his office’s biggest successes and two of their biggest challenges.
Jim speaks about UF Innovate and the University of Florida’s programs that help encourage and assist women and other under-represented inventors and entrepreneurs. Jim says that if he had three wishes for his office, they would be: brand recognition, getting away from the zero-sum game, and ingraining an entrepreneurial culture on campus and in Gainesville.
In This Episode:
- [01:58] Welcome to the show, Jim!
- [02:15] Jim shares his background and journey to Tech Transfer at UF Innovate.
- [03:33] Listen, as Jim tells the true story of the invention of Gatorade.
- [06:04] What happens with the money that Gatorade generates?
- [07:13] Jim discusses how he and his team have managed to handle the expectations that not every UF Inventions will be the success that Gatorade was.
- [09:40] Jim speaks about what UF Innovate does to encourage and facilitate early entrepreneurship.
- [12:06] Jim talks about the corporate engagement group his office has started.
- [13:03] Jim discusses the incubators they have called The Hub and Sid Martin Biotech and what they do.
- [15:23] How do these companies worldwide know to come to the University of Florida?
- [16:45] Jim shares about his office and how it is structured.
- [19:17] Jim speaks about the ventures group he started a few years ago.
- [21:28] Can you tell us how many invention disclosures, patent filings, revenue-generating agreements, royalty income, and other metrics your office had last year?
- [24:06] The team and industry experience is most important in managing innovations to have the greatest opportunity for success.
- [25:22] Jim shares some of his office’s biggest success stories in terms of successful technologies and startups.
- [26:44] Jim discusses his office’s two biggest challenges.
- [28:36] Does UF Innovate or the University of Florida have any programs to help encourage and assist women or other under-represented inventors and entrepreneurs?
- [29:38] The three wishes Jim has for his office are: brand recognition, getting away from the zero-sum game, and trying to ingrain an entrepreneurial culture on campus and in Gainesville.
- [31:52] Thank you for being on the show!
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