We are a diverse group of professionals with a common interest in advancing the models of product and service innovations by linking the methods of research, development and production.
Our practical application experience is in the field of assistive technology for persons with disabilities, but the models and methods have broad application to any technology-oriented field.
For 15 years we operated as a national technology transfer program. Our outcome-oriented motto was, "moving new or improved products to the marketplace." We worked with garage inventors, university scholars and business entrepreneurs to assess the utility of their creations, and at the same time, we worked with consumers, clinicians and manufacturers to identify their most pressing problems and feasible solutions. In that time, we helped commercialize over 50 devices, and we have contributed to the field’s understanding of elements that comprised success.
We are now engaged in a slightly different approach through the Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT). While we still collaborate with stakeholders to identify both problems and solutions, we are doing so only in partnership with selected corporations and universities.
In parallel, we are assessing knowledge translation as a strategy to promote effective communication between investigators and their stakeholder audiences. We remain focused on the field of Assistive Technology. However, we are committed to helping others apply our evolving models, methods and metrics to any field engaged in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).