Fundamentals of Technology Transfer

Develop the knowledge and skills to begin or progress a career in Technology Transfer

2022 Dates

Dates for 2022 are now available and can be booked via the links below:

Tuesday 29 March - Friday 1 April 2022

Venue: Burleigh Court, Loughborough


Monday 26 September - Thursday 29 September 2022

Venue: TBC


Training outcomes

Understand the role of technology transfer and research commercialisation within the Knowledge Exchange space in a publicly funded research environment
Recognise good opportunities and assess their potential for commercialisation
Know how to identify appropriate form(s) of  IP to protect opportunities
Understand how to market (and do market research on) a technology
Know how to propose licence terms and confidently review a licence agreement for further discussion

The online course also focuses on networking, providing a valuable platform to meet peers, discuss best practice, and interact with the course team and other contributors.

PLEASE NOTE: There may be a requirement for delegates to undertake some pre-course work/reading before the course begins.

Who should attend?

  • Relevant job titles: Technology Transfer, Knowledge Exchange, Business Development,  Intellectual Property, Industry R&D, Sales, Marketing, Contract Management, Finance (executive, manager or officer level)
  • Relevant sectors/organisations: Universities, research institutions, publicly funded research institutes, funding bodies, companies, government
  • Experience needed: Early-stage career (0-3 years). Some experience of how publicly-funded research is carried out would be helpful, as well as a general background in science or technology
  • Supporting courses: None required

Event description

Many of the technologies that underpin the modern world such as novel therapies, improved medical imaging, renewable energy technologies, new materials and improvements to computers have been developed from public or charity funded academic research. This has also been a major route by which UK academic institutions have generated “Impact”. 

Effective technology transfer is highly challenging. It requires an understanding of technical matters in areas such as Intellectual Property and commercial licence agreements, a strong business sense as well as an ability to manage relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

This course aims to equip those at the start of their career in KE with the fundamental knowledge and skills to embark on this process.  A key driver for the creation of this course is to provide the KE sector with a gold standard foundational course on technology transfer.

Course Directors

Sue Sundstrom RTTP
Sue joined the university sector in 2002 initially as Director, Lifescience Enterprise at the University of Southampton and then as Head of Technology Transfer at the University of Bristol, following a career with AstraZeneca. Whilst with AstraZeneca, Sue undertook a range of commercial roles in marketing (UK and international), corporate strategy (new and existing businesses), business development and general management. As Managing Director of a French subsidiary she turned it from loss making to profit in 2 years through a rigorous prioritisation and rationalisation process. She was responsible for the sale of a subsidiary in Chile to one of its customers, negotiating a good price while protecting staff and maintaining an appropriate supply arrangement.



Gavin Smith RTTP 
Gavin, now retired, was Director of Lancaster University Business Enterprises Ltd. He was responsible for commercialisation of research from all departments of Lancaster University, including evaluations, patenting, marketing, licensing, spinout company formation and also using IP to assist in winning collaborative research grants.