The Picatinny Technology Transfer Innovation Center: A Business Incubator Concept Adapted to Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer,
ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER PICATINNY ARSENAL N J
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This study involved researching, investigating, and establishing the foundations required for the creation and operation of a Technology Transfer Innovation Center Incubator at ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. The incubator concept was studied as a tool to improve the quantity and quality of technology transfer activity at ARDEC. The Technology Transfer Innovation Center was modeled after business incubators used by state and local governments to promote economic development. However, because of ARDECs requirement that users sign a CRADA with ARDEC and various other limitations, ARDECs incubator is not a full-fledged business incubator. Instead, it innovatively adapts the incubator concept to expand on CRADA partnerships. Investigating the operational and legal issues raised by the creation and operation of such a Center, drafting a proposed business plan, and drafting the proposed agreements between the CRADA partner responsible for the operation of the Center and ARDEC, between the Center and its potential clients, and between ARDEC and Center clients consumed much of this effort.
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