Membership benefits

Cutting-Edge Science:

  • Access lab-on-a-chip expertise and state-of-the-art manufacturing and university research facilities.
  • Early access to pre-competitive center research discoveries.
  • Non-exclusive royalty-free license to CADMIM research inventions.
  • If only one member is interested in an invention, they may obtain an exclusive fee-bearing license.
  • Multiple members can obtain an exclusive fee-bearing license to an invention, separated by field of use.

Relationship Building:

  • Collaborative development of solutions to corporate challenges with innovative, world class faculty
  • Regular networking with customers and competitors.
  • Identify and hire students and post-docs trained in company-relevant research and technologies.
  • Build the foundation for more competition-sensitive collaborations:
    • Partner with faculty in pursuing external technology translation funds for your research¬†interests.
    • Engage in sponsored research projects with guaranteed exclusive access to inventions.

Economic Development:

  • Cost-effective strategy to seed new research efforts.
  • Realize substantial Research Cost Avoidance (see below) and reduced time to market.
  • Option to contribute additional funds, at 10% indirect cost, to accelerate center research projects.
  • Opportunity for corporate engineers to learn emerging microfluidic techniques and tools.

Membership Fees and Fund Leveraging:

CADMIM utilizes government, academic, and industry resources to support research of interests of the IAB. The annual membership fee for CADMIM is $50,000, which funds center research at 10% indirect cost (compared to $50% – 60% at most universities).

CADMIM membership fees are highly leveraged, as members have access to a $8.2M program and realize substantial Research Cost Avoidance (RCA, defined as the amount of money a company saves by doing research through an I/UCRC, like CADMIM, rather than taking on the project internally). Median RCA/center = $318,000/year. Total reported RCA across all 77 NSF I/UCRCs = $278M annually.