Dr. Wong Delivers Keynote at Knowledge Transfer Seminar

Posted on 2 Sep 2011

Knowledge Transfer Seminar Serioes: Commcercialization of University Innovations in Technology-Based Projects - 23 November 2010 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

"What the market needs is important at every stage of the innovation process" was one of the key messages given by Professor Kin-Ping Wong, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, at the CUHK Knowledge Transfer (KT) Seminar Series - "Commercialization of University Innovations in Technology-Based Projects," organized by the Knowledge Transfer Unit (KTU) on 23 November 2010.  The seminar was hosted by Prof. Samuel Sai-Ming Sun, Director of the UGC-AoE Centre for Plant Molecular Biology and Agricultural Biotechnology.

Drawing from his own successful experiences in developing research output into viable products, Prof. Wong shared his insights into the work flow of technology transfer and various frameworks for technology evaluation, which are thought-provoking and inspiring.  A few key factors to success which Dr. Wong emphasized in his talk included the critical role of intellectual property protection by such means as patent filing, technology marketability and teamwork between the scientists and business professionals.

"If technology is a 'me-too' product or there is little market need, it will be difficult to commercialize such technology, even if it is based on high-quality science or from high-impact papers," said Dr. Wong.  It is essential to have a team of both technically-skilled scientists and business professionals with good management practices.  "Scientists should therefore try to get business partners involved at an early stage, if possible," said Dr. Wong.

At the conclusion of the seminar, Dr. Wong suggested that University management could encourage and promote technology commercialization through supportive policies, rewarding systems and resource allocation.  Prof. Wong added that,  "The Knowledge Transfer Unit (KTU) should play a vital role in this process."

Prof. Samuel Sun (right), host of the Seminar and

Director of State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology

(CUHK), presents souvenir to Dr. Kin-Ping Wong (left).

Dr. Kin-Ping Wong (right) is pictured with Prof. Henry

Wong (left) and Ms. Sharon Tam (center),  Manager of

the Knowledge Transfer Unit.

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