I  Vanderbilt University Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization


     Office Locations:

Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization
1207 17th Avenue South, Suite 105
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: 615-343-2430
Fax: 615-343-4419



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    Vanderbilt University's Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization provides a variety of intellectual property-related services to Vanderbilt researchers, including innovation identification, protection, marketing and licensing. The Center also works with investment professionals, angel investors and experienced management teams to identify technologies that are appropriate for a commercialization strategy involving a start-up company. Vanderbilt currently maintains a portfolio of 20 active start-up companies that span a range of technologies including computerized surgical navigation, natural products for insect control, clinical information management systems, clinical diagnostics, drug discovery, radiation therapy and healthcare services. In fiscal year 2012, 40 U.S. patents were issued for Vanderbilt technologies, and 60 new licenses were granted to facilitate the transfer of scientific discovery and innovation to the commercial marketplace.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Alan Bentley MS Assistant Vice Chancellor
    Ashok Choudhury PhD Manager
    Chris Harris PhD Director of Licensing
    Karen Rufus PhD, MHA Manager
    Kenneth J. Holroyd MD, MBA Medical Director


    Recent Funding Events (trailing 12 months):










      Series B


    Portfolio companies include:

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