Technology transfer is a pathway through which researchers can innovate discoveries to companies in order to further develop their technology at make it commercially accessible. 

Columbia Technology Ventures

Columbia Technology Ventures is the technology transfer office for Columbia University and a central location for many of the technology development initiatives, entrepreneurial activities, external industry collaborations, and commercially-oriented multidisciplinary technology innovations across the university.  CTV’s core mission is to facilitate the transfer of inventions from academic research labs to the market for the benefit of society on a local, national, and global basis. Each year, CTV manages more than 350 invention disclosures, 100 license deals, and 20 new IP-backed start-ups, involving over 750 inventors across Columbia's campuses. CTV currently has over 1200 patent assets available for licensing, across research fields such as bio, IT, clean tech, devices, big data, nanotechnology, materials science, and more.  

CTV has extensive experience founding and supporting technology initiatives to enable promising technologies to accelerate across the “valley of death” and reach the market as quickly and successfully as possible. Many of these initiatives are explicitly multi-institutional, requiring extensive collaboration with our peer universities and their tech transfer offices. A few of the organizations CTV has been instrumental in establishing are the PowerBridgeNY clean energy proof-of-concept center, the NYC Media Lab, and the Columbia Biomedical Technology Accelerator. CTV’s efforts are backed by 45 full time staff and an additional 30+ graduate student interns (CTV Fellows), providing broad support to the Columbia community and other stakeholders with marketing, legal (patents, contracts, etc.), business start-up help, and administrative tasks. CTV also runs an Executive-in-Residence program, which brings seasoned industry executives, serial entrepreneurs, and investors to campus to support faculty and student entrepreneurial activities. 


Many of Columbia’s inventions have become integrated into life-saving or life-enhancing products available to consumers globally, including: Remicade; ReoPro; Tysabri; Zolinza; Synagis; Xalatan; Xalcom; Epogen; Avonex; Herceptin; Arrow catheters; MPEG-2; and in Blackberry and Apple products.

"I have an idea for a start-up company. Can CTV help me?"

Yes. Whether you have specific questions, would like to brainstorm about a potential business idea, or want to learn more about what it takes to launch a new venture, there are a variety of resources available at Columbia to help you get started. Please click HERE for more information. 

"I’d like to learn more, where can I get more information?"

For more information about Tech Ventures, please visit the CTV website at or email CTV at You can also join CTV’s mailing list to receive the latest news and events on topics relating to technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and innovation at Columbia.