Partnership means tech transfer help for ARL scientists

May 13, 2016

By John Millemaci, Energetics Technology Center

ADELPHI, Md. (May 6, 2016) – A local team of research and development experts are taking steps to accelerate the commercialization of U.S. Army Research Laboratory - developed technology.

ARL signed a Partnership Intermediary Agreement with the Energetics Technology Center in mid-2015 with the twin goals of increasing patents for ARL Intellectual Property and creating positive economic development through creation of new technology companies.

"As a group of technologists ourselves, ETC understands the value of connecting with others who have shared scientific and engineering interests," said Bob Kavetsky, President of ETC. "We are proud to partner with ARL to offer Department of Defense scientists and engineers the opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and academic researchers in a collaborative environment."

ETC is working closely with the Maryland Enterprise Technology Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland, and will partner with regional economic development offices, and other organizations, universities, and educational institutions as appropriate.

In addition, ETC will help private sector technology companies to leverage the Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, program to commercialize ARL technologies more aggressively, even sharing stories from scientists who have undertaken the commercialization process and who could help guide those who are just starting out, Kavetsky noted.

At the beginning of April, in connection with this partnership, ETC opened a new technology incubator in Silver Spring, Maryland where ARL researchers can actively engage and collaborate with entrepreneurs and start-up companies interested in commercializing DoD or ARL IP. Through ETC's proven TechFire© incubation model, entrepreneurs commercializing ARL technology are mentored by experts through an intensive process to build viable sustainable businesses.

Over the course of the next year, ETC will engage ARL scientists and engineers to develop the commercialization potential of their IP as well as offer technology transfer training to researchers and entrepreneurs. ETC will also identify enhanced metrics to more accurately measure the effectiveness of the ARL technology transfer process.

For more information about ETC and TechFire, visit

For more information about commercializing ARL IP, email

This is part one of a three-part series about the Energetics Technology Center's tools available for ARL scientists and engineers. Part two of this series will highlight the features of the TechFire ARL Incubator.


Last Update / Reviewed: May 13, 2016