Networks - External Technology

What is the External Technology Network?

External Technology Network (ETN) members share experiences, seek best practices, collectively solve problems, and innovate in the area of external technology to improve the technology acquisition for their companies.


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Identifying & Sourcing External Technology for Innovation

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External Technology Network Presentations from past Conferences 

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Fall 2018

Connecting Technologies to Business Opportunities

Xinova Innovation


Spring 2018

Accelerating the CDA Process

The Challenges of R&D and Product Development in the Cannabis Industry

Engaging and Supporting University Partnerships

Implementing Open Innovation: Making the Make/Buy/Partner Decision

The Odd Couple: How Large Companies can Collaborate with Smaller Entities


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External Technology Network Demographics

Co-Chairs:  Steven Perri (Eastman Chemical Company), Werner Kaufmann (BASF Corporation) and Derek Shuttleworth (Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company)

Number of members:  140

Professionals involved: Directors of Corporate Partnerships, Managers of Technology Transfer, External Research Directors, Open Innovation Managers, and more.

Member companies represented:  Air Products, Altria Client Services Inc., Archer Daniels Midland, Argonne National Laboratory, Armstrong World Industries Inc., Ashland, Inc., Barnes Group, BASF Corporation, Big Heart Pet Brands, Boeing, BP, Cargill, Inc., CASIS, Chevron Corporation, Covestro LLC, Danaher Corporation, Deere & Company, Dow Corning Corporation, Draper, Draper Lab, Eastman Chemical, Ecolab, ExxonMobil Corporation, Fermi National Accelerator Lab, GAF Materials Corporation, General Electric Company, General Motors Company, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Halliburton, Hershey Company, Honeywell International, Inc. UOP LLC, HRL Laboratories, Ingersoll-Rand Company, International Flavors and Frangrances, IRI Emeritus, J. M. Smucker Company, Kao Corporation, Kellogg Company, Kennametal Incorporated, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, LORD Corporation, Mars, Inc., Michelin Americas Research Company, Milliken & Company, NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA Langley Research Center, National Science Foundation, Owens Corning, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Pepsico, Inc., Phillips 66, PolyOne Corporation, PPG Industries, Inc., Praxair Inc., Procter & Gamble Company, Roche Diagnostics Corporation, RTI International, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Sandia National Laboratories, Sealed Air Corporation, Sherwin-Williams Company, Sigma Alimentos Corporativo S.A. De C.V., Solvay Specialty Polymers, Timken Company, Westinghouse Electric