The Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) is a university-wide resource designed to harness and advance the creative thinking and breakthrough research at the University of South Carolina. We focus on achieving success beyond traditional academic means by licensing technologies, expanding industry collaborations, and supporting startups.
Since 1987, TCO has assisted faculty, staff, and students in protecting their innovations and research. Today, the office also works with business and entrepreneurial interests to help identify, protect, and commercialize the University's intellectual property to increase research funding and spur economic growth for our regional and national economies.
TCO identifies, protects, and commercializes intellectual property created by faculty, staff, and students at the University that advances economic, intellectual, and societal growth.
We coordinate with USC researchers, legal counsel, and interested partners to evaluate and unleash the potential of emerging technologies that originate in classrooms and labs statewide.
The result is a history of creative solutions adopted by companies whose return on investment affects more than just the bottom line. Through recognizing and developing promising discoveries, we enable key players to increase their efficiency and effectiveness at tackling critical issues that arise in communities locally, nationally, and around the globe.