Office of Business Innovation and Technology Commercialization
The Office of Business Innovation and Technology Commercialization (OBI/Tech Comm) Executive Director, Lindsay Klee, along with the Technology Commercialization Team seek to advance innovative business and technology practices originating from Wayne State University research toward real-world impact while also creating meaningful engagements with industrial, corporate and nonprofit collaborators. WSU OBI/Tech Comm is responsible for the identification, protection, marketing and licensing of intellectual property developed by WSU faculty and staff, as well as corporate research alliances.
The Team manages all aspects of the technology transfer process including the encouragement, assessment, intellectual property protection, licensing, business evaluation/planning mentorship of inventions; the post-licensing oversight of agreement compliance; distribution of royalties and fees; and record keeping for all aspects of WSU intellectual property technology transfer.
We strive to collaborate campus-wide to enhance student entrepreneurship and innovation offerings at WSU.
Do you have an idea or novel invention? Submit an Invention Disclosure Form with the Technology Commercialization Office to start the technology transfer process.
Accelerate your commercialization path
Have an idea? Not sure how to commercialize it?
Innovation is our passion and our team brings skills/expertise to WSU employees and staff related to concept refinement/evaluation, product development, commercial evaluation, de-risking and launch. Our goal is to provide education and collaboration along with outstanding customer service to faculty and staff.
Wayne State University fosters a collaborative environment with corporations, start-ups and nonprofits by providing innovative solutions for research, technology, talent and professional development. Wayne State helps connect the strategic interests of organizations to appropriate programs and talent, including research, facilities, student and alumni talent, and continuing education.
Student innovation and entrepreneurship
WSU OBI is a collaborative community leader dedicated to the advancement of knowledge to prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities. There are numerous innovation and entrepreneurship resources and programs available to support students on their entrepreneurial journey.
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