|Where academic research and commercial enterprise converge, this new breed of college official serves as science's gatekeeper|
Her professional endowment included royalties totaling $25.6 million last year; a portfolio of patents and licenses that includes one of the most lucrative and commercially successful university patents to date; a faculty that is, as she puts it, "in the middle of Silicon Valley and immersed in the whole entrepreneurial culture"; and a staff of 20 to handle their inventions.
|There are as many different paths to a position in technology transfer as there are facets to the job. A chemical engineer by training, Katharine Ku started her career as a patent engineer at Stanford University, helping investigators write descriptions of their inventions. After...|