TechConnectWV to launch Innovation Transfer Consortium study involving 18 higher education institutions in the state

HNN Staff

Funded through a grant awarded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, and supported by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the survey will involve 18 smaller colleges and universities, both public and private.

Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnectWV, said, “Ultimately, such a consortium could connect researchers at our smaller institutions of higher education with private sector partners who could help them commercialize new products, services, and technologies.”

Dr. Paul Hill, Vice Chancellor for Science and Research of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and a member of TechConnectWV’s board, said “Both WVU and Marshall University have technology transfer offices that exist to find commercial applications for research.

“What we want to find out is whether a consortium organized around the smaller institutions in the state could be instrumental in moving research into the marketplace, which could create jobs.”

Schools to be included in the assessment include Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, West Liberty University, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia State University, WVU Institute of Technology, Alderson-Broaddus College, Appalachian Bible College, Bethany College, Davis & Elkins College, Mountain State University, Ohio Valley University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Wheeling Jesuit University, and the University of Charleston.

TechConnectWV works to enhance awareness, spur collaboration, and raise the discussion of issues surrounding technology-based economic development.  Its goals are to diversify the state’s economy, promote economic prosperity, and create high-paying jobs. For more information, contact Anne Barth at 304.444.2918.