When Abram Goldfinger arrived in New York, there was little significant entrepreneurial activity taking place. In part through his efforts, it is now a thriving entrepreneurial hub. An example which illustrates this point is the fact that NYU’s Technology Opportunity and Ventures (TOV) office, of which Abram is the Executive Director, has gone from launching 2 or 3 startups a year in the early 2000’s to almost 20 over the past few years!
In today’s episode, Abram talks us through his educational background and what drew him to the field of technology transfer. We discuss how TOV is structured, the various forms of support that they offer to inventors and entrepreneurs, and the importance of maintaining strong working relationships.
The success that TOV has achieved since Abram has been involved is astounding, and his optimism about the future of technology transfer is infectious!
In This Episode:
- [00:51] An introduction to today’s guest, Abram Goldfinger.
- [02:09] Abram’s educational background, and how it led him to the world of technology transfer.
- [04:32] A description of the work being done by Technology Opportunities and Ventures (TOV), NYUs technology transfer program.
- [06:18] How TOVs investment approach has evolved over the time that Abram has led the program.
- [11:35] The goal of the NYU Langone Health Venture Fund.
- [12:51] Team members who make up the TOV team, and some of their achievements over the past year.
- [14:40] What Abram sees as a major key to success in the technology transfer field.
- [16:39] How Abram and his team support start-ups that come out of NYU.
- [19:21] Examples of industry relationships that TOV has formed.
- [22:35] Philanthropic organizations that TOV has worked with.
- [25:15] The two most successful product inventions that TOV has been involved in.
- [26:22] Abram shares more successful ventures that TOV has helped bring to the world.
- [29:29] Challenges that TOV faces, and how Abram and his team deal with them.
- [32:00] How TOV supports underrepresented groups in the technology transfer field.
- [34:18] Abram and his teams’ involvement with AUTM (and other organizations of a similar nature).
- [36:51] Value that Abram sees in the process of achieving credentials in the technology transfer field.
- [38:28] What Abram hopes TOVs future is going to look like.