News | Sep 7, 2017

TechLink hosts top DoD lab officials in Bozeman

Delivers annual progress report on technology license agreements between military laboratories and private industry

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Dr. Syed Shah, deputy director of laboratories and STEM Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, speaks to Dr. Van Blackwood, innovation and partnership team leader at the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force/Science, Technology, and Engineering Directorate. Shah and Blackwood attended TechLink's annual program review on Wednesday, September 6 in Bozeman, Montana. (Troy Carter/TechLink)

BOZEMAN–TechLink Executive Director Will Swearingen hosted on Wednesday technology transfer officials from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and all three military branches for an annual program review.

Swearingen hosted the event at TechLink’s offices behind Montana State University’s Bobcat Stadium, supported by TechLink staff, with 14 policymakers and key staff from the military for six hours of detailed briefings on TechLink’s nationwide efforts to move patented inventions from military labs into the private sector.

Swearingen reported that TechLink had exceeded its goal of brokering 35 patent license agreements between the Department of Defense and private companies, mostly small businesses, which is the organization’s top performance metric.

“We closed out the year with 58 license agreements, with a few more that we expect to close by the end of the month,” Swearingen said.

The attendees included Dr. Syed Shah, deputy director of laboratories and STEM Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Dorothy Vincent, technology transfer program manager at the Office of Naval Research, Keith Quinn, program manager for the Air Force Technology Transfer Program, and Tom Mulkern, chief of the Army Research Laboratory Technology Transfer and Outreach Office.

TechLink is a federally authorized and DoD-funded partnership intermediary, which helps businesses navigate the process of licensing inventions and technologies created in DoD laboratories.

TechLink chart of transfer agreements.

TechLink reported exceeding its targeted number of tech transfer agreements during the 2017 fiscal year.

The meeting with the DoD officials on Wednesday included staff briefings and discussions on emerging technologies developed in military laboratories and TechLink’s efforts to attract industry partners into the technology’s development.

“TechLink’s here to support the military by marketing their technology, brokering license agreements, and promoting the cutting-edge science and technology generated by DoD scientists and engineers, said Brett Cusker, associate director of defense programs, noting that this also expands the DoD’s supply base.

“We bridge a knowledge gap for companies that want to grow with military technology.”

Troy Carter can be reached at or 406-994-7798. To learn about the companies that successfully accessed military technology visit our news section.

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