Welcome to the Industry-University-Government Interface Sector!

The Industry University Government Interface (IUGI) Sector promotes interaction, collaboration and best practice sharing between licensing and technology transfer professionals and the greater financial community.

From the IUGI Sector Chair

Does your job require interaction between Industry, University (non-profit) and/or Government organizations? Are you interested in helping these groups work more efficiently together? Do you have ideas on how to create an effective interface between these functionally different players? Do you want to learn how to develop effective interaction with them? If so, then you have come to the right place! We need your expertise, wisdom and helping hands to take our Sector to the next level.

The Industry-University-Government Interface (IUGI) Sector is one of LES' fastest-growing groups. The reason is simple: these varied organizations are realizing that they must work together and understand each other's needs to make licensing deals happen and thereby create impactful outcomes. And most of us - despite our best intentions - discover that as part of one group we don't necessarily know enough about the other two groups to successfully collaborate with them. The IUGI Sector is all about learning from each other: what works and what doesn't work.

This year, our focus will be on building from what was accomplished in 2012-2013 and in prior years. We intend to expand the IUGI Sector with more networking amongst ourselves and with other LES Sectors, as well as with the Industry-University-Government Transactions Professional Committee of LES International. We will have a strong content and networking presence at both the 2014 Mid-Year (NYC) and Annual (San Francisco) Meetings. We will provide more leadership opportunities for our Sector Members. We will also keep helpful resources easily accessible via the IUGI Sector website. We would like to continue highlighting specific outcomes from the IUGI Sector as you, our Sector members, inform us of when and how you connect with a new opportunity or license as a result of something the IUGI Sector or LES is doing well. Those wins deserve mention and celebration! These activities are what adds value - and is probably why you continue to be a member of LES. We want the IUGI Sector activities to be as meaningful to you as possible.

As a Sector within LES, IUGI crosscuts across all of the organization. For example, we find ourselves networking closely with other LES Sectors such as High-Tech, Life Sciences, Consumer Products and Chemicals, Energy, Environmental & Materials (CEEM), as well as Committees such as the Cleantech Cross-Sector, Licensing Office Structure & Management, and Women in Licensing. This type of networking is a natural part of doing business today and we encourage you to use your LES membership in this way.

As you look for outlets on which to focus your volunteer efforts within LES, consider what you might learn from and offer to the IUGI Sector. If you'd like more information, then please don't hesitate to either contact me or any of our other IUGI Sector Leadership Committee members.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Mark G. Bloom, CLP, RTTP
Director of Corporate Alliances and Technology Transfer
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
2013/2014 IUGI Sector Chair