Tech Transfer

Office of Technology Management & Industry Relations

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The Office of Technology Management & Industry Relations (OTMIR) manages technology transfer functions at MU under the direction of the division of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development.

Technology transfer — often called “tech transfer” — is the process of moving university innovations to a commercial setting for further development and transformation into products, jobs and businesses.

In simple terms, the role of tech transfer at MU is to serve citizens and the public good by bringing university technologies and discoveries to the marketplace, where research truly benefits society. We do this in partnership with companies, entrepreneurs and investors.

For more information, watch a 3-minute overview and access our FY2016 annual report online or download the pdf version.

What We Do

OTMIR professionals identify, assess, license and protect inventions resulting from MU's world-class research. They also create and facilitate pathways for the transfer of innovations to commercial partners.

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Typical Steps

  • Receive invention disclosure information from faculty and staff.
  • Evaluate inventions for novelty, utility and market potential.
  • Secure intellectual-property protection, such as patents.
  • Identify companies that have the expertise and resources necessary to bring an invention to market.
  • Negotiate licenses and other intellectual-property agreements with companies interested in further developing MU's research discoveries.
  • Manage reporting and compliance obligations for federal, state and industry research contracts.


Influential millennial entrepreneurs from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources recently┬ámet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Mizzou startup Modern Meadow recently debuted Zoa™ biofabricated leather grown in its New York laboratory.

On Nov. 3, the Mizzou Alumni Association honors 11 elite graduates and faculty members, including green nanotechnology innovator Kattesh Katti.

MU tech-transfer expert Chris Fender discusses patents, profits and faculty innovations in a Columbia Missourian story.

Mizzou awards five Coulter grants to engineers and medical clinicians to bring innovations to patients.

@Mizzou spinoff debuts an affordable teeth-whitening kit Novashine developed by MU engineers.

@Mizzou startup @BeyondMeat says actor Leonardo DiCaprio is now an investor along with Bill Gates and Twitter founders.

MU partner @Pipelineorg received $2 million from the Kauffman Foundation for its fellowship program for entrepreneurs.

Investment, business, tech-transfer and faculty pros shared what it takes to commercialize innovations at the Oct. 12 Mizzou Innovator Half-Day Conference.


Last Updated: November 17, 2017