Academic Entrepreneurship

Academic Entrepreneurship

Translating Discoveries to the Marketplace

The Johns Hopkins University series on Entrepreneurship

Edited by Phillip H. Phan

Academic entrepreneurship is a multifactorial and multidimensional phenomenon. This book presents research featuring aspects of academic entrepreneurship at the regional, institutional, and organizational levels of analysis. Phillip H. Phan and the authors illustrate that the more interesting aspects of this subject are in the ‘tails of the distribution,’ where counter-intuitive findings from the data call simple theories into question and inspire a vigorous discussion of alternatives.

Chapter 1: Translating Smart Kitchen technologies from the lab to the home

William Hefley, Dan Ding, Aimee Rosenbaum, Megan Kiniry, Jason Somma and Skyler Berry

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, management and universities


As university-industry technology transfer gains in importance, so do the opportunities to learn about technology transfer. A recent service learning project was a collaboration between the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics (CPLE) Class of 2015, the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) and the Innovation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Analyses of technology commercialization options for HERL’s Smart Kitchen, and its separate components, were conducted in order to provide suggestions to HERL on possible technology roadmaps and pathways to bring their Smart Kitchen technologies to market for multiple populations that could be served by these technologies. Technology roadmaps, addressing short- and long-term commercialization pathways, were developed for each focal population (Wounded Warrior/Traumatic Brain Injury, Physically Disabled, Aging and Mass Market). Analyses of these roadmaps led to a set of recommendations for HERL’s short- and long-term commercialization plans. The goal of this project was to provide HERL with recommendations for potential pathways for bringing the Smart Kitchen from the labs to product stage and then into the market to provide assistance to the targeted user populations. By examining multiple target populations, we were able to demonstrate that commercialization pathways may not be a single path, but may be dependent on a number of factors such as target population and institutions in the target space. Another lesson was that research projects moving toward commercialization may need to augment their staff and resources to address technology transfer needs.