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About the Institute of Technology Advancement

The Institute of Technology Advancement (ITA) is an off-campus technology development center established by the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science to accelerate the transition of high-impact innovative research from UCLA to technology development and commercialization. Start-up funding for the institute was donated by the Henry and Susan Samueli and the Easton Foundation.

What ITA Does

ITA provides operational flexibility for university researchers, industry, government, and investment partners alike. The flexible organizational structure of ITA complements existing capabilities of the university and industry, allowing the center to movie quickly to promote the transition of discoveries to development and commercialization.

ITA Supports Three Types of Research Activities:


Transitional Research

Transitional research focuses on demonstrating technical feasibility of technologies and reducing risk in the transition from the laboratory to market. Transitional research can be funded by either government or industry.

Developmental Research

Developmental research focuses on innovative ideas for new applications and emerging markets. Ultimately, developmental research could result in a spin-off company funded by leveraging various sources such as SBIR/STTR grants, development contracts, debt financing, and venture capital.

Near-Term R&D Support to Industry

ITA can also facilitate near-term research and development projects that support industry needs by leveraging its flexible infrastructure to enable access to university expertise. ITA can enable industry research support through service agreements.

The ITA Team

ITA, as an organization and through its business-savvy Technology Strategists, is a conduit to local, state, government agencies, industry, and venture capital investors. Each Technology Strategist has a specialized domain of expertise and relationships with various funding resources. 

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