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.


MU physical therapy and engineering innovators have unveiled ErgoSTM, a new soft tissue mobilization tool for physical and massage therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers. Contact the Mizzou tech transfer office at 573-882-6013 or for licensing information.

Mizzou startup company ThermAvant International recently released Burnout, a new temperature-regulating travel mug similar to the company’s Lexo mug and guaranteed to quickly cool hot beverages to a drinkable temperature and keep it there for hours.

The University of Missouri is again on the list of "Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents" published annually by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Deepak Singh, MU assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and his team invented a new device that could increase the battery life of cell phones and computers by more than a hundredfold. @MizzouOTMIR is helping patent the innovation.

Mizzou is excited to license gene technologies developed by Professor of Biochemistry Jay Thelen to Yield10 Bioscience to boost oil content in crops, offering more value for farmers and important for global food security.

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Last Updated: June 21, 2018