Episode 13: The Future of TTO Collaboration with Cat Donaldson

Ideas and information are worth their weight in gold, especially in the tech transfer world. However, Covid-19 has forced a fundamental shift, requiring open collaboration as the world overnight united to help combat this global crisis. This week on You Should Know This, I sit down with Cat Donaldson, Chief Development Officer at Cold Spring Harbor Lab, to discuss the impact the pandemic has had on communication and collaboration within the industry, how these shifts will fundamentally change the way TTOs operate in the future, and why it's important to build on this momentum instead of reverting back to 'normal'.


Clara Mouawad

Clara is the Content Specialist at BCC Research, where she spends her time writing blogs and white papers, designing graphics and thinking up ways BCC can take over the world...like with a podcast.

A world traveler (less so during COVID19, of course), marketing whiz and always thirsty for knowledge, Clara finds innovators in a variety of fields and asks the question that our listeners want to know: How will this industry, technology or company shape how we live and work in the future?

Episode Timeline

  • [00:30]Introducing TTO's and collaboration in innovation and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • [01:34]Cat's story and her journey into the world of TTO
  • [03:43]The impact of Covid-19 on TTO partnerships
  • [09:59]Challenges and benefits of digital collaboration
  • [12:50]TTO health innovations that Cat is excited about
  • [14:40]TTO's role in creating a healthier world
  • [16:11]One or two tips to help TTOs post pandemic
  • [19:16]The evolution of TTO program creation post pandemic