Translation of academic innovation has matured since the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, 28 years ago. Universities and research institutes have contributed towards this to the tune of 380,000 disclosures, 206,000 new patent applications and 84,000 issued US patents.1 The market has responded in turn, generating 11,000 startups and 10,000 products that have yielded more than $1 billion in equity for the institutions.2 Deerfield Management has joined in this effort by entering into significant collaborations with leading academic institutions. In conjunction with these investments, the Deerfield Institute, the research division of Deerfield Management, surveyed 35 university technology transfer offices to endeavor to understand current trends impacting their organizations. The survey revealed insights that can shed light on the operations of these groups, provide guidance to those seeking to collaborate with academia and serve as a guide for continuous improvement in the practice of academic commercialization.
Deerfield Institute Report – Key insights into technology transfer offices
Trends in the molecular diagnosis of lung cancer, results from an online market research survey
To better understand the challenges that practices face in testing patients for oncogenic drivers, as well as the uptake of various testing technologies, a questionnaire was developed to obtain the opinions and experiences of practicing medical oncologists regarding the molecular testing process. Numerous specialties are involved in decisions about when and how to test patients and rarely does a single individual have full knowledge of all the steps in the process. However, as the primary point of contact with the patient, the medical oncologist was identified as the person most likely to provide insight into the entire process, from diagnosis, to testing, to treatment. The setting of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) was identified as an area of focus due to the presence of multiple known oncogenic drivers and approved targeted agents, as well as the existence of several approved molecular diagnostics in that setting.