Moving Technology: Lab to Market

MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

Moving technology: lab to market

The MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation’s mission can be summed up in one word: Impact. Established in 2002—through a generous gift from philanthropists Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande and his wife Jaishree—the center empowers some of MIT’s most talented researchers to make a difference in the world by developing innovative technologies in the lab and bringing them to the marketplace in the form of breakthrough products and new companies.

Our Programs

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MIT Deshpande Center Grants

Helping MIT’s talented faculty and students commercialize breakthrough technologies and inventions with pivotal investments and valuable industry expertise.

MIT J-WAFS Solutions Grants

With MIT J-WAFS, helps MIT faculty and students transfer breakthrough technologies and inventions in water and food security into the commercial world.

MIT TTIA Grants

In collaboration with the MIT Alana program, the Technology to Improve Ability (TTIA) program aims to commercialize technology that will improve the quality of life for people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities.

MIT Deshpande Center Grants​

Helping MIT's talented faculty and students commercialize breakthrough technologies and inventions with pivotal investments and valuable industry expertise.

MIT J-WAFS Solutions Grants​

With MIT J-WAFS, helps MIT faculty and students transfer breakthrough technologies and inventions in water and food security into the commercial world.

MIT TTIA Grants​

In collaboration with the MIT Alana program, the Technology to Improve Ability (TTIA) program aims to commercialize technology that will improve the quality of life for people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities.

NSF I-Corps program

The National Science Foundation I-Corps program was inspired by the work done at the MIT Deshpande Center and launched with initial funding from the Deshpande Foundation in a show of public-private partnership

Our Impact

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Partner with Us

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  • Would your company be interested in engaging with the Deshpande Center, supporting or collaborating with project teams?
  • Do you have domain-specific expertise that you would be interested in sharing with research teams as they explore potential applications and markets?

MIT Deshpande Center
for Technological Innovation

One Broadway, 12th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 617-253-0943
Email: deshpandecenter@mit.edu

Our People

Staff

Leon Sandler

Executive Director

Tim Swager

Faculty Director

Karen Golmer

Innovation Manager

Shirley Goh

Marketing and Communications Manager
Steering Committee

Charles Cooney

Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering
MIT

Hemang Dave

investor

Desh Deshpande

CO-FOUNDER,
DESHPANDE FOUNDATION
PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN,
SPARTA GROUP LLC

Mark P. Gorenberg

Managing Director
Zetta Venture Partners

Lesley Millar-Nicholson

Director Technology Licensing Office,
MIT

Paul Jansen

Board Member & Senior Advisor
Haselmeier AG

Robert S. Langer

David H. Koch Institute Professor,
MIT

Michael Cima

David H. Koch Professor of Engineering
Associate Dean of Innovation for the School of Engineering,
MIT