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Faculty & Staff Journey

To begin the faculty and staff journey to help license and/or commercialize their cutting-edge ideas, research, technologies, products or discoveries is through WVU Innovations, which includes both the Health Sciences Innovation Center and the Evansdale Innovation Center. Faculty and staff on the Health Sciences Campus will go through the Health Sciences Innovation Center, while all other campuses will go through the Evansdale Innovation Center.

The organizations below will help faculty and staff learn more about WVU’s intellectual property process, leapfrog ideas to business ventures, bring research out of the laboratory and into the marketplace, support business incubation and/or advance cutting-edge technologies.

Once the HSIC or the EIC staff assesses each individual’s needs, the faculty or staff member will be directed to the most appropriate unit or organization that will provide the best resources, expertise, physical space and/or coaching that will be critical to every stage of the startup and commercialization process.

Faculty Staff Journey Chart 

OTT (Office of Technology Transfer):

WVU acknowledges the importance of developing, protecting and transferring its intellectual property (IP)in an appropriate and cost-effective manner to maximize the value of the technology for the researchers, their department and college and to the overall WVU research effort. To achieve this, the OTT has been created and will:

Provide oversight and leadership of IP management and Technology Transfer functions to ensure adherence to WVU policies.

Assist all WVU departments and centers in understanding IP and Technology Transfer policies and procedures consistent with WVU’s policies.

Provide access to legal services and work closely with Departments and Centers in promoting and licensing IP.

Take appropriate actions to protect the University’s IP.

Explain the responsibilities of protecting the IP of others through the use of Non-disclosure Agreements and other confidentiality tools.

BrickStreet Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship:

The BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurshipaims to promote entrepreneurial education, community engagement, and economic development in our community and state. The center conducts and supports academic and applied research that contributes to our understanding of the private enterprise system and entrepreneurship with a focus on how civil society and free-market approaches can best be used to foster entrepreneurial activity. In addition, the BrickStreet Center has partnered with public and private industries from across the state to offer “concept through operation” business services and assistance in the following categories: feasibility studies, business plans, commercialization plans, marketing studies, process reengineeringand operation efficiency analysis.

The center engages in a number of activities and programs that promote innovation and entrepreneurship including:

WV Statewide High School Business Plan Competition

WV Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition

Sponsorship of the WVU CEO Club(Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization)

HSTA (Health Sciences and Technology Academy)

Business Startup & Growth Workshops (contact:Steve.Cutright@mail.wvu.edu)

Hosting the 2019 WV Economic Development Conference

BBER (Bureau of Business & Economic Research):

The BBER does a great deal of work in helping business and community leaders understand the state’s economy. It is difficult to be successful in entrepreneurship, or in business in general, if one does not understand the broader economic context. Here is a list of services that BBER offers: economic forecasting;economic impact analysis;energy economics;regional economic analysis; education economics; industry analyses.

Support Center for Innovation & Research Commercialization

The Innovation Center strives to propel WVU’s research into licensed products and services for public benefit through the management of the University’s intellectual property portfolio. Designed to encourage innovation at WVU, we serve as a point of contact for industry partnerships and licensing. Our ultimate goal is to create successful new companies to connect to local economic development agencies and trade associations and to promote economic opportunity in greater West Virginia through the development and commercialization of WVU developed intellectual property.

Corporate Relations:

The Corporate Relations Office is industry’s gateway to West Virginia University. We are committed to building and strengthening mutually beneficial relationships with U.S. and global businesses.By aligning WVU’s resources and world class expertise with your strategic priorities, we connect your organization with researchers who are involved in life-changing discoveries. We offer innovative academic programs that adapt to a constantly changing world and help solve some of industry’s greatest challenges. We link you to an enormous talent pool and numerous professional development opportunities to meet your human capital needs.

Innovation Corporation:

WVU Innovation Corporationis an independent,non-profit applied research corporation founded in July 2015 to provide technical solutions, subject matter expertiseand testing and evaluation services for government and industry customers.WVUIC’s affiliation with West Virginia Universitybuilds upon a well-established portfolio of university-based research areas,providing access to subject matter experts with a wide range of skills, and to specialized equipment and secure testing facilities.

JAN(Job Accommodation Network):

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free and confidential service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). JAN’s consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. We are housed at West Virginia University as part of the Center for Disability Inclusion in the College of Education and Human Services.

JAN consultants handle each inquiry on a case-by-case basis offering self-employment and small business development expertise and referrals regarding business planning, financing strategies, marketing research, disability-specific programs, income supports and benefits planning, e-commerce, independent contracting, home-based business options, and small business initiatives for disabled veterans.

JAN consultants assist with all aspects of starting and managing a small business, self-employment, and developing a non-profit organization or social enterprise. We consult with individuals with all types of disabilities including mental health impairments, arthritis, traumatic brain injuries, autism spectrum disorders, paraplegia, learning disabilities, chronic pain, cancer, vision impairments, multiple sclerosis, and respiratory impairments, as examples. JAN consultants are particularly knowledgeable about issues that may be unique to individuals with a disabilities interested in entrepreneurship such as workplace accommodations, disability specific program supports, and benefits planning.

MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership):

The West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP), housed inside Mining and Industrial Extension at West Virginia University is focused on helping West Virginia businesses improve competitiveness in both local and global markets. We accomplish this mission through delivering foundational support and innovative growth services.

Foundational support services maximize your productivity and optimize the knowledge of your workforce. Innovative growth services develop new products, utilize new technology, and access new national and global markets. Here’s a few in-depth details on MEP services that may be helpful to you.

Innovation/Create Sessions –Work with existing companies to generate new ideas, identify potential risks and road block sand the potential impacts generated by the new ideas. Once developed these ideas can be developed to assess needs to get them to market.

Product Design –CAD, 3D Solid Modeling

Process Design and/or Improvement –Designing, improving or updating processes for companies to be able to effectively and efficiently bring products and ideas into production.

Process Improvement and Value Stream Mapping –Conducting process mapping and value stream mapping as well as other problem solving tools to properly identify the problems and potential areas for efficiency improvement.

Connecting Entrepreneurs to Manufacturers –We maintain a database of all manufacturers in the state of WV, but are also able to reach out to other state MEPs to find manufacturing capabilities to fit the entrepreneur, idea, product, or company’s needs.

SRF (Shared Research Facilities):

WVU Shared Research Facilities provide researchers from WVU, other academic institutions, government labs or the private sector with the opportunity to use cutting-edge instrumentation, worry free for reasonable rates. WVU has four core research facilities that consists of:

BioNano Research Facilities featuring the Q-Exactive LC-MS-MS mass spectrometer, HPLC, CD spectrometer, a variety of light microscopes and cell culture facilities; Dr. Qi Zeng, Manager

Cleanroom Facilities on both Downtown and Evansdale campuses for the fabrication of electrical and photonic devices in class 100, class 1,000, and class 10,000 spaces including photo- and e-beam lithography, wet chemical processing, metallization and deposition, reactive ion etching, thermal processing, MBE, wafer dicing and sample packaging; Mr. Harley Hart, Manager

Electron Microscopy Facilities include TEM, SEM and related instruments for the preparation of samples; Dr. Marcela Redigolo, Manager

Materials Characterization Facilities featuring XRD, XPS, Raman spectroscopy, FTIR, white light ellipsometer, AFMs, optical profiler and confocal microscope; Dr. Qiang Wang, Manager.

Additionally, WVU Shared Research Facilities provides one-on-one or small group training for all instruments by appointment. Initial training provided to WVU PIs and their students and research staff is free. All others pay a per-hour user assistance fee. Retraining of previously trained individuals may require a user assistance fee.

TransTech Energy:

TransTech Energy assists researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs develop partnerships important for commercialization, e.g., with strategic partners, funding sources, business mentors, prototyping and testing facilities and potential customers. Mentor researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs on making an effective investor pitch. Provide a forum for researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to pitch their start-up companies and commercializable projects to investors, technical experts, potential strategic partners, and the public.

WVU Libraries:

WVU Libraries offers faculty and other members of the WVU research community with a wide variety of resources and services. Research consultations with a subject liaison librarian are available upon request. During these appointments, faculty have an opportunity to discuss their research, explore specialized resources, and learn about advanced search techniques. Furthermore, as the only Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in the state of West Virginia, the Evansdale Library maintains all of the tools (and guidance!) necessary to perform a preliminary patent or trademark search including USPTO databases - PubWEST and PubEAST. Teaching a class on innovation and entrepreneurship? Request a research instruction session.