Industry Relations and Technology Transfer

What We Do

The Industry Relations and Technology Transfer Office (IRTTO) is the bridge linking Fred Hutch’s world-class discoveries with the companies and external resources necessary to bring these innovations to clinical and commercial use.

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IRTTO assists faculty and staff in translating their discoveries into new products and services that benefit the patients they serve. Our activities span the technology transfer process, including invention disclosure, market evaluation, intellectual property protection, licensing, and contract management. In addition, IRTTO staff catalyzes research partnerships through the management and execution of a variety of agreements, including material transfer agreements. Finally, the IRTTO handles copyright registration for written materials, computer programs and videos for commercialization

For more information about our services for inventors, visit For Inventors.

The Center understands partners are vital to the commercialization process, and it is IRTTO’s goal to work as efficiently and collaboratively as possible to achieve shared goals. Our office is experienced in working with large corporations, small companies, startups, investors and entrepreneurs. Partners can connect to Center technologies, research and inventors through IRTTO, and access innovations with a variety of agreement and license options.

To learn more about about commercialization services, visit For Industry/Investors.