Interview with Chris Coleman of the Washington Technology Center

2009 Winner of the Commercializing Research Category

For nearly two decades, the Research & Technology Development (RTD) Program, a flagship program of the Washington Technology Center, has helped fill a critical role in enhancing Washington state’s efforts in commercializing research by bringing companies and university researchers together. Since 1995, the program has awarded more than $21 million to 335 projects. RTD program companies and researchers have leveraged this funding to attract an estimated $480 million in additional federal and private support.

Chris ColemanListen to Chris Coleman’s response to the following questions in this clip (approximately 7:22 minutes):

  • Outside of monetary awards, what other assistance do you offer to portfolio clients?
  • How do you ensure that stakeholders and leaders know about the successes of the program?
  • What lessons have you learned that may be beneficial to other programs attempting a similar initiative?

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