The Professional Developers of Iowa Spring 2009 Conference is being held in Sioux City May 27-29. This afternoon I had the opportunity to get some questions answered by Kenneith Kirkland, PhD, Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. about technology transfer and its uses.
Q: What is technology transfer?
Kirkland: Technology transfer is the process of getting inventions to companies so that they can develop them into products.
Q: What is the link between economic growth and technology transfer:
Kirkland: Technology transfer provides opportunity for economic development in the state of Iowa. We have $84 million worth of products in Iowa from licensing provided by this process.
Q: How have you been working with the Siouxland Initiative?
Kirkland: They have been very helpful for ISU. Joseph has been helping us make contacts in Iowa and in getting people interested in licensing.