TLA 101 for the Commercialization Network

The TLA Commercialization Network is a group of over 1,500 individuals who use their expertise to contribute to conversations around emerging University of Arizona inventions.

Network members play a vital role in ensuring that these discoveries are developed into products and services that will have a meaningful impact on people's lives directly, as in the case of novel medicines or consumer products, and indirectly through industrial applications and regional economic development.

By integrating the talents of UA researchers with the experience of business professionals, domain experts, entrepreneurs and investors, we foster ideas that start in the lab and grow them into new products and businesses for far-reaching impact.

Members of the network identify in one of the following categories. Select each for details and to learn how you can participate:

  • Domain Experts – People who have deep experience in a particular industry and are interested in advising on a technology to help advance it toward the market.
  • Commercialization Partners – A select group of up to ~30 proven business leaders who work closely with TLA to help reveal a technology’s commercial relevance
  • Mentors-in-Residence – Part-time employees of TLA, each with a track-record of success in forming and leading technology companies, who advise UA startups
  • Community Collaborators – Organizations that support technology and/or the entrepreneurial ecosystem who represent the external umbrella of support for UA startups

What You Should Know about TLA

Assessing & Developing UA Innovations

Network members are at the heart of systems TLA has developed for assessing the commercial potential of UA discoveries identified as patentable IP. Professionals, investors, entrepreneurs and other Domain Experts contribute to feasibility studies and Asset Development activities as we explore market potential for UA inventions.

Working with UA Startups

In exchange for contributing knowledge as we assess and develop IP, TLA network members often have the opportunity to be directly involved with those technologies that move forward in UA startups. Individuals may be engaged as Interim CEOs, as other types of employees or as consultants and contractors.

What to Expect

Network members represent key members of the TLA team, bringing insights, mentorship and business expertise to faculty, staff, students and UA leadership. To ensure the best experience for all parties, it's important that expectations are clear.

What Network Members Can Expect from Us

  • A curated introduction to UA IP and its research enterprise
  • Connections to potentially high-value projects and meetings with faculty creating IP in your area of interest
  • Introductions to leading Arizona technology investors and entrepreneurs
  • Facilitated discussions with UA startup teams as appropriate
  • Potential talks/presentations to faculty, students, staff and campus visitors

What We Expect from Network Members

  • An update to your LinkedIn profile to reflect your TLA role
  • Helpful, polite and honest interactions with researchers and students
  • Helpful and honest collaborations with TLA on high-stakes decisions
  • Introductions to your industry and investor networks when relevant to UA IP and commercialization in which you’re involved
  • Open lines of communication to keep us informed of on-campus schedules and meetings you book independently (for optimal, coordinated customer service to the UA community)
  • Open lines of communication regarding any problems with faculty, staff or students or negativity around TLA
  • A frank, informal assessment of what University IP you feel is most promising at the close of your engagement

Keeping Network Members Informed

If you're a TLA Commercialization Network member, considering becoming one or just interested in our work, stay connected via our regular news features and monthly newsletter. You'll quickly get a sense of the discoveries and technologies we help to bring to the world.