About technology development

UT Southwestern Medical Center has been protecting and licensing intellectual property for more than 40 years. In 1998, the Office for Technology Development (OTD) was created to manage UT Southwestern’s technology transfer activities and to facilitate the formation of biomedical companies based on UT Southwestern-developed technologies. The Office is organized within four divisions:

Select OTD Cumulative Numbers*

$194 million: Amount of money generated in license revenue by OTD
876: Licenses and options executed for patented and nonpatented technologies
685: U.S. patents issues on inventions disclosed to OTD

*As of Sept. 1, 2017

Technology Commercialization

Manages and markets intellectual property developed by University investigators/inventors.

Identifies companies best suited for commercial development of intellectual property.

Cooperative and Sponsored Research

Drafts, negotiates, and executes all nonroyalty bearing-legal agreements governing intellectual property transferred into or off of UT Southwestern’s campus.

Venture Development

Researches technologies suitable for entrepreneurial development and assists in developing startup companies based on those technologies.

Financial Management

Manages the Office for Technology Development’s financial portfolio.