What we do

Harvard’s research enterprise is a wellspring of innovation with the potential to improve lives, transform industries, and create tremendous social and economic value.

Harvard's Office of Technology Development promotes the public good by advancing science, fostering innovation, and translating new inventions made at Harvard University into useful products that are available and beneficial to society.

Our integrated and research-centric approach to technology development comprises:

  • corporate partnerships and alliances
  • intellectual property management
  • technology commercialization through venture creation and licensing.

To help bridge the "development gap" between academia and industry, we also lead and operate the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator and the Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator.

OTD is part of the Office of the Provost, and we pursue our mission throughout the Harvard campus, with staff offices conveniently located in Harvard Square, at Harvard Medical School, and at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. We’re always close by, so if you have an idea to discuss, or if you have any questions, please contact us.

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Upholding fundamental values

As stewards of Harvard’s intellectual property, we are guided by a clear set of values:

  • Maximize the impact of new knowledge resulting from University research and discovery
  • Protect faculty and student rights by preserving the principle of academic freedom
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards in all dealings and relationships
  • Serve as a trusted and creative negotiator of fair, mutually beneficial agreements
  • Achieve a high level of service and responsiveness to the faculty

Serving as an unbiased agent, we are responsible for managing Harvard’s intellectual property assets for the public good. Our global focus helps ensure innovations benefit people throughout the world, regardless of their economic circumstances.