In a previous blog post we discussed a new technology licensing framework developed by Stanford University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-signed by a number of other research universities. In this post we will look at the Available Technologies Collection presented by Harvard on their explore-innovation website and how to use the Visible Legacy Navigator to quickly find a relevant fit for your needs.
Visible Legacy Navigator and Widget
Visible Legacy is a “graph map of academic research” offered as an online information search and navigation web portal called Navigator™. Aimed at industry Tech Scouts, the map metaphor is faster than a list of search results since it delivers pre-connected relevant data, essentially connecting the dots, to present large amounts of information for each query. Our Visible Legacy Navigator website presents this information in an interactive portal. The "Widget" is an small limited-feature window that may be embedded into external web pages.
To address the global COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford, Harvard, and MIT developed and are implementing technology transfer strategies to allow for and incentivize rapid utilization of available technologies that may be useful for preventing, diagnosing, and treating COVID-19 infection during the pandemic. We concluded our prior post by saying Visible Legacy supports this effort and will do our part by helping universities communicate their COVID-19 related projects and helping Tech Scouts use our tools to find technology and university contacts more quickly.
If you followed the link to Harvard’s “ COVID-19 Technology Access Framework” page, you might have found the “Covid-19 Technology Available for Licensing” link under the Explore Innovation menu item. This is one of several collections of recent disclosures organized by research area topic Harvard OTD has assembled to help Tech Scouts.
Harvard does not have Visible Legacy Widgets embedded in their disclosure pages the way Stanford does. However, the Visible Legacy knowledge base has investigators, grants, projects, papers and patents from public sources and you are likely to be able to find the context of the inventions to help you find a fit faster. If you open "Membrane protein nanoparticles for antigen presentation", for example, you will find the Principal Investigator is Dr. James Chou. Open the Visible Legacy Home Page and do a search where you can easily find Dr. Chou in the Visible Legacy Navigator and explore both his CV details, a map of his collaborations, and links to get you directly to his lab page quickly.
I’ll make a short video about how this works.