TI:GER Innovation is a program between Emory Law and Georgia Tech dedicated to helping innovators and inventors transform research into commercially viable products. Through this program, Emory Law students provide support and perspective to their TI:GER teams, helping them bring life-saving and world-changing products to consumers.
Central to the program’s objectives is helping the innovation that is happening in Atlanta and beyond. For example, TI:GER supports partner programs, such as Biolicity – a nation-wode program that guides medical innovation to the market.
Biolicity is part of the Coulter Network, a group of biomedical engineering programs across the country that turn life sciences technologies from university research into commercial products. This process takes industry best practices to accelerate academic innovations in the marketplace.
Not only is the Biolicity process of taking innovative products to market aligned with TI:GER’s goals, but Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University are one of the original programs to receive funding to pioneer the Coulter Program on campus. The pilot program was actually stewarded by the Biomedical Engineering Department at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has been used to bridge the gap in early-stage technologies emanating from both universities.
Since 2015, over $7.2 million has been awarded to more than 50 innovative projects. In addition, the Biolicity team has raised $72.8 million in follow-on funding from the public and private sectors. This success has translated into two licenses, 22 startups, and four products that have since entered the marketplace.
As part of TI:GER’s commitment to innovation in the life sciences sector, Biolicity is able to offer complementary counseling and materials to both Emory University and Georgia Tech innovators, as well as startup companies associated with either institution. Legal office hours are available by appointment with Professor Nicole Morris, Director of TI:GER and Professor in Practice.
Common matters discussed during legal office hours include strategies related to patent searches, patent applications, intellectual property ownership, trademark and copyright applications, non-disclosure agreements, and entity formation. However, legal office hours are provided as an educational resource and should not be substituted for actual legal advice from an attorney.Want to learn more about Biolicity? You can visit the program’s website at https://biolocity.gatech.edu/ for more information about the research it supports, and its process for making ground-breaking innovations available to consumers.