Innovation starts here

Technology transfer is the movement of innovative research ideas from the lab into the public sphere. At universities, the goal of tech transfer is to implement technology and creative works to maximize public benefit. At San Diego State University, the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) strives to deploy the products of research to improve society and bolster the San Diego regional economy.

Between 20-50 disclosures of inventions and creative works each year

Over $1 million in royalties received in 2018-19

$135 million in research expenditures in 2017-18


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Questions about technology transfer? Interested in licensing inventions or creative works produced through research at SDSU? Want to serve as an entrepreneur mentor to faculty startups? 

Tommy Martindale, Director
 [email protected]

Kyle Welch, Licensing Manager
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Research Happening at SDSU

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New Planet Discovered Orbiting Two Stars

Astronomers discovered a third planet in the Kepler-47 system, securing the system’s title as the most interesting of the binary-star worlds.

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Researchers Uncover Secrets of Underwater Microbes

A study found the bacteria present near coral reefs ebb and flow throughout the day, changes that are synchronized across reefs separated by hundreds of miles.

Yong Yan

Mysteries of the Microbiome Spark a Lifelong Passion

A mix of curiosity and motivation fueled Pedro Torres during his doctoral studies at SDSU, where he authored 12 scientific papers, including one with positive implications for women's health.