Inside a Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures FastForward innovation hub. (Courtesy photo)

With the support of its homegrown Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV), Baltimore’s oldest private university has helped many of its own students and faculty bring their technological innovations to market — and with wildly successful results. Now, JHTV has a new guide to make the process even easier for those within and beyond its namesake school’s community to understand.

The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Inventor’s Guide offers 18 pages of content explaining such processes as technology transfer (defined as “the movement of knowledge and discoveries from the research setting to the public”), intellectual property, patents, conflicts of interest and more. It also specifies how exactly these processes work for JHU students and scholars, the latter of whom JHTV Executive Director Christy Wyskiel identified as the guide’s primary audience.

“I think this was really written with a faculty member in mind, particularly a faculty member who may not have been through all the parts of the puzzle,” she told Technical.ly. “This is a long journey, to take a remarkable and innovative discovery in your lab and bring it to a product that is going to help everyday people.”

Wyskiel added that this document can especially serve those newer faculty who may have spent years buried in research, discovered something groundbreaking, and simply don’t know exactly what to do with it. She also said that graduate students might also find this explainer useful. To that end, the Inventor’s Guide breaks down some confusing aspects myths about the tech transfer process that JHTV staff, as Wyskiel wrote in the guide’s introduction, “hope to dispel.”

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