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ORLANDO, Fla. – Why do tech-transfer offices do what they do? Primarily to provide a service to faculty entrepreneurs, according to preliminary data from a recent survey of tech-transfer office directors from US academic and research institutions.

Not surprisingly, tech-transfer offices are also frequently motivated by the desire to translate university research results into commercial goods and services — but much less so by a desire to maximize licensing revenue or provide research support, the survey revealed.

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