Dr. Singerman asked which activities or policies of Federal funders either hinder or help commercialization activities. Dr. Proenza noted that certain tax policies, such as how tax-exempt facilities can be used, were too restrictive and that it was time to make the R&D tax credit for industry permanent. He added that the mutual finger-pointing by universities and industries over technology transfer issues should stop.
“Of course there are cultural differences, but there are no data to suggest that industry does any better at commercializing technologies than academia,” Dr. Proenza said. There’s plenty of non-core but useful technology sitting on shelves; we can actually help some industries use it if they take the time to talk with us.”