A Research Blog

Cheryl McCafferyIn this continuing conversation series with members from Centre for Technology & Development (CTeD), let’s find out more from Cheryl McCaffery, Deputy Director of CTeD, about how you can work with CTeD to assess a technology’s potential for commercial development.

CTeD is always happy to hear about new technologies arising from Duke-NUS research programmes. Whenever a new technology is devised (e.g. a new drug or method for diagnosing a disease), you are welcome to speak to us for advice on all aspects of intellectual property protection and commercialisation.

In order for CTeD to evaluate and assess a new technology, you will need to describe your technology to us by filing an Invention Disclosure Form (IDF), available at CTeD’s website. CTeD will then evaluate the technology to see if there is an invention that may be patentable. CTeD might also conduct a more comprehensive analysis of the published patent and scientific literature (prior art) to assess whether the invention meets the legal requirements for patentability. Based on these analyses, the researcher’s future research plans and the commercial potential, CTeD may proceed to file and prosecute patent applications to seek grant of patent rights.

CTeD also works closely with you to guide the commercial development of new technologies. This includes overseeing projects’ progress toward milestones and the achievement of proof of concept. Furthermore, CTeD can sometimes provide gap funding for researchers to aid in this pursuit.

In the later stages of the commercialisation process, CTeD can assist researchers in developing a commercialisation strategy for their new technologies by conducting market searches, identifying potential industry partners, and providing ongoing strategic support. We will also structure and negotiate licensing agreements with identified industry partners. In some cases, a researcher may wish to create a new start-up company to develop marketable products, and CTeD will work with the researcher to license the technology to the start-up company.

To sum up, CTeD aims to ensure optimal commercial outcomes for Duke-NUS inventions.

Find out more about CTeD here.


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