SOURCE: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

December 13, 2011 08:00 ET

iBridge Network(SM) Collaborates With Global Universities to Link With Companies All Over the World

Easy Access IP Helps Companies Obtain Technologies Quickly

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - Dec 13, 2011) - The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the iBridge Network, an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, have announced a new collaboration to promote the university's intellectual property to entrepreneurs around the world free of charge. UNSW's IP is now accessible through a global one-stop shop on the iBridge Network called Easy IP Access that connects leading researchers and industry partners, creating new opportunities to use research generated on campus to solve real-world problems.

Easy Access IP is a first-of-its-kind tool that makes university technologies available to businesses at no cost, using quick and simple licensing agreements. The iBridge Network brings university researchers, entrepreneurs and industry together to promote and identify research opportunities, collaborate with other experts in the same or complimentary fields and license their innovations for practical benefit. By making Easy Access IP available on the iBridge Network, universities now have an established channel for using this new approach to bring their IP to companies.

"The iBridge Network is excited about the collaboration with the Easy Access IP community, which we consider one of the most innovative groups in our network," said Katie Petersen, director, iBridge Network. "The collaboration with the Easy Access IP community will allow the partner universities to become part of a global marketplace of ideas and collaborations."

UNSW is the first Easy Access IP university to link with the iBridge Network. Other members of the Easy Access university group include the University of Glasgow, University of Bristol, Kings College London, University of Copenhagen and Ottawa University.

"We believe that the combination of Easy Access IP and the iBridge Network will ultimately deliver economic, social and cultural benefits -- the objectives of technology transfer all over the world," said Dr. Cullen, head of UNSW's commercialization company.

About the University of New South Wales
The University of New South Wales is a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's leading research-intensive universities. It is renowned for the quality of its graduates and its commitment to new and creative approaches to education and research.

The university maintains strong collaborative links with industry and business, consistently performing at the top nationally in Australian Research Council Industry Linkage Grants. UNSW expertise is also regularly sought after by business and government for a wide range of consultancy and training services.

About The iBridge(SM) Network
The iBridge Network is a program of the Kauffman Innovation Network, Inc., an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The iBridge Network has nearly 5,100 members and 123 organizations supplying more than 13,200 innovations. or @iBridgeNetwork.

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