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April 2009 Vol. 10 No. 6

AUB Promotes Innovation and Research Through Technology Transfer Unit

Fadia Homaidan

The newly-activated Technology Transfer Unit at AUB’s Office of Grants and Contracts recently held a workshop on intellectual property rights to help protect inventions and designs created at the University.

The stated goal of the new unit, established at the end of 2006, is to help promote research and innovation at AUB by protecting intellectual property rights and marketing new inventions and research to bring in much-needed funds for developing more research and innovation at the University.

“The point of creating this unit is not merely to protect intellectual property at the University,” said Fadia Homaidan, director of the Office of Grants and Contracts. “But the unit will also serve to secure patents for these inventions, thus raising capital from royalties that will be invested in developing more research and inventions on campus. So it’s a win-win situation.”

In order to identify marketable projects, an advisory committee is being created to judge which submissions are worth following up, added Homaidan, who recently organized a workshop promoting copyright for university inventions. The workshop, held on March 6 in West Hall in collaboration with ARCHITREE—a Lebanese NGO which promotes local heritage and crafts— featured a number of experts on the subject. Intellectual property rights lawyers Walid Nasser and Pierre Khoury spoke about copyright and infringement;  Fadi Makki, the former director-general of the Ministry of Economy and Trade, who oversaw the introduction of intellectual property rights policies at the Lebanese government level, highlighted the importance of promoting intellectual property rights and fighting piracy as a means of ing international markets.

Already, there are six submissions that could potentially receive patents: three are in engineering and three pharmaceutical-related. In addition, two other inventions have been patented. Research identifying pathways for treating neurodegenerative disorders was conducted by neurologist Dr. Rose Mary Boustany and patented in partnership with Duke University in the United States. A therapy for leukemia was developed by oncologist-hematologist Ali Bazarbachi, in collaboration with the University of Montpellier. Another invention, a final-exam software created by AUB’s registrar, Moueen Salameh, has been licensed to White Mountain Technologies, a US-based software development company, which is expected to pay royalties to AUB every time it sells subscriptions to the software.