As I leave the familiar world of my doctorate program and return to the real world, I realize that I don’t need to go down the traditional path. I’ve realized that it's okay to take a less-traveled road.
Intellectual property and technology transfer play important roles in today’s science. A scientist’s career can change dramatically through patents, which can spawn companies or funds for research. Moreover, some scientists create exciting careers by moving from the bench to a technology transfer office in academics, government, or industry.