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Driving innovation toward impact

Harvard’s research enterprise yields discoveries with the potential to improve lives, transform industries, and create tremendous social and economic value.

The Office of Technology Development (OTD) 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.

  • Industry-sponsored Research & Alliances
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Accelerator Programs
A researcher pipetting a sample in a life-science lab.

Fuel for Innovation

Advancing research through industry collaborations and strategic alliances

Microscope image of a biomaterial.

Strategic Development

Readying technologies for commercialization, with an eye toward future impact

Researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors mingle at a Harvard robotics showcase event.

Fostering Connection

Investing in the people whose vision and leadership will drive success

Researchers at Harvard Medical School discuss cellular pathways.

Impactful Ventures

Laying pathways to deliver the benefits of innovation to society

Provost Alan Garber.
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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.

Alan M. Garber, MD, PhD

One team, University-wide

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.

OTD Team photo 2023