How TDC Supports You
TDC is the office at UHN that manages Intellectual Property (IP) and related agreements, contracts and licenses, helping turn discovery and knowledge into value for UHN and patients. TDC comprises three teams that support our customers: Licensing & Commercialization, Legal & IP, and Marketing & Operations. We provide services to the UHN community in:
• Invention reporting and patenting
• Licensing contracts
• Collaborative research agreements
• Start-up company formation
• Legal support for research
This means that in addition to the commercialization of UHN innovations, TDC files all Confidentiality Disclosure Agreements (CDAs) (required prior to discussing unpublished research or ideas with external parties), and Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), which are required when transferring or receiving research materials (such as software, cell lines, tissue samples, etc.). Learn more and access our available agreement templates here.
When to Contact TDC
It is important that you contact TDC when you think you've made a discovery, and prior to any of the following activities:
• Submitting a manuscript
• Submitting an abstract
• Making a poster presentation
• Sharing your idea with a non-UHN collaborator
• Speaking with a potential industry partner
Working with TDC from an early stage will ensure the rights and interests of both you and UHN are protected, and that the potential for future marketability is maximized.
If you think you've made a discovery (for example, in small-molecules, biologics, cells, diagnostics or medical devices), or believe that you may have something with commercial potential (such as a clinical questionnaire or tool), or simply want to learn more, contact us today to set up a meeting with one of our Licensing and Commercialization Professionals, who can answer your questions and guide you through the commercialization process.