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Technology Transfer

Technology transfer ultimately results in the creation and development of new products and fuels economic growth. The simplest way to think of technology transfer is as the transfer of inventions from the laboratory to the marketplace. Technology transfer is the process of taking existing knowledge, facilities or capabilities developed under research and development and using these findings to fulfil public and/or private needs. Essentially, technology transfer brings scientific and research findings to the marketplace. There are several technology transfer organizations and offices operating in Alberta, on both a federal and provincial level. The mandate of these offices is to assist inventors to protect, manage and profit from their inventions. Technology transfer is concerned with ensuring individuals intellectual property and maximizing the profit for the holders of this property.

The main organizations in Alberta that deal with technology transfer include the Alberta Research Council Research Services Office at the University of Alberta, University Technologies International Inc. at the University of Calgary, the Alberta Inno-centre and the Edmonton Innovation Centre. By providing a range of services, such as the preparation of a business plan, identification of and assistance with grant funding, or contacting potential financial investors, these organizations facilitate the transfer of research and scientific development to the global marketplace.

Technology transfer represents an important facet of innovation in Alberta, past and present. It has touched the lives of Albertans in overt and subtle ways and through all arms of industry. One illustrative example is the technology transfer that has occurred within the important realm of agriculture and agribusiness. For many decades, District Agriculturists, employed by the provincial government, were placed in communities across Alberta and were responsible for helping communicate the benefits and possibilities of technology transfer to farmers and agriculturalists, serving an important role in agricultural innovation in our province.

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