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When the deal flow from the laboratories to the technology transfer office (TTO) is optimal, technology transfer officers are susceptible to receive many inventions with commercial interest. A lot of early-stage inventions require substantial human and financial resources to be developed into marketable products. In order to establish whether or not the resources of the TTO should be spent to seek a commercial exploitation, a first-stage evaluation is often performed shortly after an invention has been identified. The complex decision process that technology transfer officers go through in this regard is introduced below.