Industry Partnerships

Caltech Technology Transfer and Industry

Caltech executes forty to fifty license and option agreements a year with partners ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. If you are interested in licensing technology from Caltech or JPL, please contact a member of the OTT staff.

OTT is focused on transferring technology and providing benefit to the public. Caltech and JPL technologies are licensed both to established companies and start-ups, but the approach for each is quite different. Licensing to established companies includes deals such as the licensing of the automated DNA sequencer to Applied Biosystems and the JPL MEMS gyroscope to Boeing Hughes, and typically involves a hand-off of the technology for the company to develop. The start-up development effort requires significantly more work but has been an extremely active and rewarding portion of OTT. When a technology presents itself as a start-up opportunity or is most effectively transferred by licensing to an existing start-up, OTT is eager to promote and foster entrepreneurialism. The office provides guidance and assistance to the start-ups in the Caltech family of companies. Caltech is often willing to take a small equity stake in start-up companies in lieu of up-front fees and for the deferral of patent reimbursements. This provides for the start-up "to preserve capital, a critical aspect of early success.

Working with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

The Office of Technology Transfer at Caltech licenses all technology developed at Caltech and JPL. If you are interested in working with JPL, you can contact a member of the OTT staff or you can explore ways of working directly with JPL through the Commercial Technology Program Office at JPL.

Sponsoring Research at Caltech

If you are interested in sponsoring research at Caltech, please contact the Office of Sponsored Research. Companies also can work directly on some projects through the Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering

Caltech Office of Corporate Relations

The Office of Corporate Relations helps companies build strategic partnerships with Caltech in areas such as sponsored research, recruitment, continuing education and philanthropy. By acting across academic departments and administrative offices, the office paves the way for productive collaborations, and then manages the long-term partnerships that result.


Caltech has been involved in the formation of over 80 start-up companies since 1996. OTT actively seeks to develop relationships with the private equity community for the benefit of our start-up companies. Please contact Fred Farina or another member of the OTT staff if you would like to find out more about how we work with investors.


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