University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Office of Innovation & Commercialization

About Us


The Office for Innovation and Commercialization:


Technology transfer is accomplished at UNCW through either of two processes. Where sufficient, the OIC licenses available technologies to interested industry partners. When feasible, the OIC can employ a more direct commercialization process by licensing technologies back to the inventor, or other individuals interested in forming a start-up company. Overall, the guiding principle is to transfer research-derived technology into commercial use in a manner that:

  1. Is consistent with UNCW's dedication to scholarly practice, research, and creative activities; 
  2. Demonstrates commitment to community and regional service;
  3. Conforms to the highest ethical standards.

Our Mission

To disseminate the results of intellectual discovery and creative endeavor in order to maximize the impact of UNCW's innovation assets via commercialization.

As part of its mission for teaching excellence, scholarship and artistic achievement, and service, UNCW is dedicated to the transfer of its research and technology to the public sector for the general economic benefit of the coastal region in which it is located and for the rest of North Carolina. UNCW is recognized as a high research activity institution (R2). UNCW's technology transfer office, the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, assists in incubating the research culture needed for continued success. The Office of Innovation and Commercialization provides this service for the UNCW by working closely with the Research Foundation, Intellectual Property Committee, Innovation Advisory Council, faculty, and staff to evaluate commercial opportunities and to provide counsel regarding patents, licensing, and copyrights.

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