In a 2011 presidential memorandum, Accelerating Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Federal Research in Support of High-Growth Businesses, President Obama emphasizes the importance of facilitating tech transfer and commercialization through regional public-private partnerships. The effort continues as part of the Lab-to-Market Cross-Agency Priority Goal. This emphasis illustrates the importance of T2 in maintaining the competitive edge of U.S. private industry by leveraging federal resources.
A key component of this strategy, FLCBusiness delivers an interactive tool to help U.S. industry understand the capabilities and availability of resources at federal laboratories and the many potential partnership opportunities.
For those that have never heard of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC): “Organized in 1974 and formally chartered by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, the FLC is a nationwide network of approximately 300 federal laboratories, centers, parent departments, and agencies that establishes strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. To accomplish their mission of assisting with the movement of innovative federal research and development into the U.S. economy, the FLC provides various resources from training to regional and national meetings so its members can obtain the resources they need to achieve successful technology transfer. To learn more about the FLC and its mission, visit its website at www.federallabs.org.”
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