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The Innovation and Technology Transfer (ITT) division within the Office of Research Affairs is responsible for managing intellectual property (IP) generated through Rush University research and helping to translate new technologies into commercial use.  

We encourage you to contact Rush University ITT early in your research activities to be aware of the options that might best leverage the commercial potential of your research. The ITT staff is trained to assist you with a wide range of questions and scenarios, including the following: 

  • Education about the commercialization process 
  • New technology evaluation 
  • Patentability determination 
  • Copyright facilitation 
  • Patent process facilitation 
  • IP disclosure
  • IP-related policies and procedures
  • Locating potential licensees 
  • License agreement negotiation


Learn more

Frequently asked questions Tech transfer process at a glance Licensing and commercialization agreements


Contact us

Innovation and Technology Transfer 
Jelke Building, Suite 601 
1653 W. Congress Parkway 
Chicago, IL 60612 
Fax: (312) 942-2874 


Hiten Patel, PhD 
Chief Product Officer 
Rush 3D and Innovation and Technology Transfer 
Phone: (312) 942-1650 

Bhaskar Chetnani, PhD 
Senior Intellectual Property Specialist and Licensing Manager 
Innovation and Technology Transfer 
Phone: (312) 563-2732 


Heather A. Kartsounes, JD 
Senior Associate General Counsel 
Office of Legal Affairs 
Phone: (312) 942-6886