The APC has a decade of experience as a translational research centre collaborating with a wide range of Industry partners, and has developed a rigorous approach to, and practise of, IP discovery and management, to maximise the return on research investment. Central to this is the close integration of APC IP Management personnel, including the APC’s IP Manager, Dr. Brendan Curran with the Commercialisation and Intellectual Property Committee (CIPC), Executive Management Group (EMG), and the University’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO).
All APC staff are informed of the workings of the Centre in relation to its translational objectives, industry interactions, and IP agreements. The use of Researcher Undertakings protects IP ownership, while diligent use of Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) and Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs) regulates and protects transfer of materials and information, and publication screening prevents unauthorised or premature disclosure of sensitive and valuable IP. Inventions and innovations are captured and evaluated for patentability and commercial potential before proceeding with patent applications and mapping out appropriate routes for commercialisation, from licensing to spinouts.
Industry projects are governed by collaboration agreements with input from Industry Steering Committees. Options to license IP are granted to Industry Partners and license agreements are negotiated. APC reserves the right to use IP for research and teaching purposes and freedom to operate is maintained around use of platform tools and technologies to sustain the capacity to attract new industry partners and for training and education purposes.