Office of Innovation and Commercialization

About Us

The Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) serves as the University of North Carolina Wilmington's (UNCW) technology transfer office.  In addition to managing, protecting, and licensing UNCW's intellectual property, the OIC leverages programming and outreach to encourage innovation amongst university faculty, staff, and students.

Technology transfer is accomplished at UNCW through either of two processes. Where sufficient, the OIC licenses its available technology to interested commercial partners. When feasible, the OIC can also employ a more direct commercialization process by providing technology transfer services to the UNCW coastal community. In these instances, UNCW participates in facilitating the creation of a new development-stage entity based on its technology. 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.


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. The Office of Innovation and Commercialization provides this service for the University by working closely with the Intellectual Property Committee, faculty, and staff to evaluate opportunity for technology transfer and to provide counsel regarding patents, licensing, and copyrights.

The Office for Innovation and Commercialization: 

  • Supports the UNCW translational research infrastructure with due-diligence and commercial analysis.
  • Solicits invention disclosures from the University community.
  • Makes strategic investments (patents, prototypes, entrepreneurial support services, etc.) in portfolio items with high commercial potential.
  • Provides business development services in support of technology commercialization and community/industry engagement.
  • Negotiates and executes contracts (NDAs, options, licenses, etc.) with existing companies and new ventures

Contact Us

The best way to reach the OIC is by emailing Inquiries will be returned within 48 hours.

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Craig Galbraith, Ph.D., OIC Director

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Phone: (910) 962-7630

Chris Krumm, OIC Coordinator


Phone: (910) 962-2886 

Steven A. Fontana, J.D., Senior Technology Development Officer

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Phone: (910) 962-2014

Postal Address:

UNCW Office of Innovation & Commercialization 803-G
S. College Road Wilmington, NC 28403-5676

Office located in the UNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Building.