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.


Harvard is known as one of the most innovative universities in the world, globally respected for the discoveries that occur in University labs and translate into new products for the benefit of society. Harvard owes that reputation in large part to the ingenuity and passion of its distinguished faculty and researchers, and to its constructive engagement with industry and business.

— Provost Alan M. Garber, MD, PhD


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.

Harvard faculty discuss the important services OTD provides in connecting academia and industry.

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