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Linking Innovation, Industry and Commercialization

What is an army’s strategic plan without its infantry to implement it? It is but an idea on a piece of paper, with no tangible results; no achievements. The infiltration and reconnaissance efforts of the infantry are a contribution to a greater purpose: advancement and long-term success. The Linking Innovation, Industry and Commercialization (LIINC) program at West Virginia University executes WVU’s 2020 Strategic Plan in the trenches, actively facilitating increased and improved collaboration between WVU faculty researchers, graduate students and the private sector marketplace. LIINC has engaged university faculty and administrators, established corporate relationships, provided new support for research faculty, and elevated the awareness and involvement in innovation and commercialization on campus.

Launched in 2011 with funding from Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, LIINC has connected 263 representatives from 186 companies from across the U.S. to 382 WVU faculty and 43 graduate students to explore novel commercialization opportunities and avenues for future research. LIINC activities have helped increase the likelihood for research funding opportunities, licensing of technologies, SBIR and STTR partnerships, on-campus patent activity, new research opportunities for students and graduates, and jobs in the research and commercialization sectors. LIINC is a WVU vehicle for advancing research-based innovation and commercialization efforts and the university’s economic impact on the state and the region.

As the 2012 Award of Excellence winner in the category of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the University Economic Development Association, LIINC has best practices to share based on replicability, scalability, originality and sustainability.

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    The great thing about the LIINC events, besides the formal presentations and the posters, is the amount of conversations it generates among faculty and business people. I see people meet, discuss their ideas and then make arrangements for dinner to continue their discussions. Who knows how many great new ideas are sparked and businesses are borne thanks to these connections.

  • John Waugaman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    WVU's LIINC program and annual reception focusing on Security and Intelligence Research was an excellent venue to exchange information with academia regarding the types of problems industry is attempting to solve. I commend Ms. Emery for organizing and executing a well run and well attended event.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have found LIINC to be a valuable event to connect my private sector company to university researchers.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    LIINC holds events during the year for our faculty and also special ones for our graduate students and their mentors. They are all well attended. There is alot of mixing/discussions with business partners and our faculty and students.

  • Domingo Mata commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Lindsay Emery arranged very interesting and useful programs for the faculty and staff at WVU and I commend her for her dedication.

  • Jason Hodge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    LIINC has provided an invaluable forum for technology companies to learn about West Virginia University faculty research and for researchers to learn about how their contributions find their way in the world through commercialization.

    LIINC is a great idea generously supported and skillfully implemented.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    LIINC is a very important part of helping WV (and the region) achieve critical mass on technology transfer and commercialization

  • Terri yancey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Where would america be without research? Our state and our country need to continue to invest and promote research.

  • Kris Indseth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    LIINC provides a unique opportunity for business leads, technologists and academics to network in an unconstrained, safe environment. We found the level of exchange both in ideas and possible joint ventures to be one of the best we'd ever encountered. We've entered into several follow-on dialogues with members of the WVU Academic Staff and members of the local business community. Fully intend to continue support of this effort.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is a bit discouraging to think that many potentially fantastic research projects would otherwise go unnoticed or undiscovered were it not for events like LIINC enable. Thanks to WVU's effort to make these ideas known, many of these potential advancements now have industries eyes and ears there to see firsthand what opportunities WVU has to offer for appropriate industries' involvement, if deemed to be worthwhile and in line with these various industries' missions.

  • Tom Bonazza commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    LIINC is a unique event that fosters partnership between faculty, students and industry. Industry gains insight to innovation and academia captures opportunities to see their research grow, increasing funding and expansion of topics.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Even though I attend these LIINC receptions as a representative from my employer, I have discovered opportunities to collaborate with some of the researchers and look for other potentially interested entities that could ultimately benefit from involvement with these various research projets once I have been told by my company that certain projests do not "fit" in my companies corporate business segments.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    LIINC is a very informative and interactive event that enables industry participants to discover and/or be made aware of research and developments that may "fit" their corporate initiatives and enhance collaboration between these related industries and their acedemic research innovators.

  • Saryu Goel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    LIINC is a great event to showcase research at the university to potential external collaborators and in establishing the initial discussions going between like minded people. As the story goes that out of several start up ventures only a few succeed because of multitude of factors, inlcuiding timing, people choice and market needs. Hence to know which program will make it, it is important to participate and the success of single program is the success of the entire university community.

  • David DeVallance commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Through LIINC I was able to make excellent contacts and collaboration with wood products industry that I would have not otherwise have been able to accomplish. The interaction with industry also has led to opening new doors for student involvement with industry through tours and research ideas.

  • Kevin Donovan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The timely movement of technologies to the private sector requires innovative, relationship-based approaches that unite academia, industry, non-profits, financiers, and government toward common outcomes. LIINC has proven to be a valuable tool to bring individuals together in meaningful and sustainable ways to keep the private sector aware of the latest in technology and innovation at the University and to keep researchers in touch with the problems and issues that the private sector seeks to solve. LIINC is an excellent model for filling that ever-present gap between industry and academia that will have a substantial impact on the quality of research vis-a-vis industry needs.

  • Jeff Tucker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    LINC is an outstanding platform to help bridge the gap between industry and academia. We have had a number of follow-up conversations with the university and faculty after attending these events. Great way to allow industry to network with the University. Keep up the good work!

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