iBridge Network launches at DEMO 07

February 1st, 2007 by Kaitlin Thaney

The iBridge Network – a partner in the Science Commons Materials Transfer project – launched publicly yesterday at the DEMO 07 conference. The project is a program of the Kauffman Innovation Network, Inc., an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The iBridge Web site currently lists 728 research innovations (as of today), available from seven universities. The iBridge Network facilitates the transfer of these innovations – creating a searchable index that streamlines access to advances that may otherwise not be discovered by the public. The site not only helps scientific achievements and research on the university level gain greater recognition, but also is designed to ease the transaction burden on the university (which, of course, is where Science Commons comes in).

So, what all can iBridge be used for? From their official press release:

“Universities may use the iBridge Web site to license and distribute a variety of items, including software, research tools, databases, teaching materials, survey, and reference materials. Postings may include a variety of research materials and descriptions of ongoing research activities.”

iBridge is a partner with our MTA project, and will be one of the first sites to host our MTA tools consisting of standardized agreements along with software that facilitates MTA contracting and negotiation.

Currently, iBridge is working with the University of Arizona, University of Kansas, Washington University in St. Louis, Cornell University, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. The beta version of the site lets users browse by category, tags, or search by organization.

For more information on iBridge or to search the database yourself, visit their Web site.

One Response

  1. Melanie Swan, on February 2nd, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    This is great news. It is about time a project like this is undertaken, I describe some similar ideas under the name here: