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Welcome to the Innovator's Help Desk

It is PCI's newest digital tool to help the Penn community navigate the commercialization process. Click on the images above to directly access our Inventor Portal and the latest resources and events.

If you need to talk to someone at PCI, contact our Help Desk Phone Line at 215-7IN-VENT from 9am - 4:30pm M-F.

Questions about working with PCI and the technology transfer process?

This page answers many of the frequently asked questions and provides important name and contact info. For faculty members with a Technology Licensing Officer (TLO) assigned to assist them, we strongly recommend that the faculty first contact their designated TLO.


How do I identify my assigned Technology Licensing Officer?   

Contact the Director responsible for the following schools:


For questions related to:

  • Disclosing or protecting an invention (including the patenting process)
  • licensing or inventions
  • licensing of Penn research materials to a for-profit entity, including but not limited to model organisms, antibodies or cell line
Contact your assigned Tech Licensing Officer. If unknown, contact the Director responsible for the school to which you are affiliated.


For questions about research or service agreements with a for-profit company (except human clinical trials, which are managed by CTCU) that have been submitted to PennERA or RIS (in the case of service agreements):  

Contact your assigned negotiator in PennERA or RIS (for services agreements). If you do not know who has been assigned to negotiate the agreement, please contact CorpCont@pci.upenn.edu.

Please note, If the funded agreement is a subaward under a federal grant awarded to a for-profit entity (e.g. SBIR or STTR), then inquiries should be directed to ORS.


For questions about proposed research or service agreements with a for-profit company (except human clinical trials, which are managed by CTCU):  

Contact your assigned TLO. If unknown, contact the Director responsible for the school to which you are affiliated.


For questions about Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA) where information is being supplied or provided with to a for-profit company (except if it relates to a human clinical study, which are managed by CTCU):  

If a request has been submitted (either through RIS or your TLO), please contact your assigned negotiator. If you do not know who has been assigned to negotiate the agreement, please contact CorpCont@pci.upenn.edu. For new inquiries, please contact your assigned TLO. If unknown, contact the Director responsible for the school to which you are affiliated. If the CDA is related to human clinical research, please contact CTCU. If the CDA is related to a non-profit (e.g. foundation or an academic institution) or a grant application, please contact ORS.


For questions related to faculty forming a new venture/company, or from investors interested in financing a company based on Penn technology:  

Contact the Director of PCI Ventures, Michael Poisel. tel 215-573-8196


For questions about all proposed non-monetary agreements (including Material Transfer Agreements and Data Use Agreements) with a for-profit company (except human clinical trials, which are managed by CTCU):  

Contact your assigned TLO. If unknown, contact the Director responsible for the school to which you are affiliated.


For questions related to revenue distributions to faculty, labs, departments and schools:  

Contact Hector Galarza. tel 215-573-6660


For questions about corporate outreach activities:  

Contact Michalina Goral.  tel: 215-746-4553


Did not find the answer to your question?  

Call us at 215-7-INVENT