Mr. Kohlberg, formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Tel Aviv University Economic Corporation and CEO of its technology transfer organization, oversees the development of new inventions and technologies arising from research at Harvard. The Office of Technology Development (OTD) elicits and evaluates new inventions and discoveries made by the faculty, and determines whether to pursue patent protection on behalf of the University. In keeping with Harvard's mission to serve the public good, OTD strives to make these new technologies widely available to society by transferring them to industry for development and real world application. Companies seek to acquire rights to promising new inventions made at Harvard in order to develop them into new products, such as biopharmaceuticals, medical devices and advanced research materials which, it is hoped, will one day be available on the market, thereby contributing to society through the advancement of science, medicine and industry. Licenses include a financial consideration for the University which, in turn, helps support the expense of patenting future inventions, as well as of ongoing research and academic endeavors at Harvard. Thus, OTD serves to protect new discoveries made by Harvards research enterprise while simultaneously helping to make additional research possible, often resulting in direct or indirect benefit to the public at large.
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