For the eighth consecutive year, the University of Georgia ranks among the top American universities for the number of commercial products created from its research by industrial partners. This year, UGA ranked # 2 in the latest survey data provided by the AUTM organization.
AUTM, formerly known as the Association of University Technology Managers, supports research commercialization activities among universities and other research institutes. Over the past four years, UGA has been ranked # 1 or # 2 for new commercial products brought to market by industry partners. In each of the eight years that AUTM has collected data for this metric, UGA has placed in the Top 5. The new report is based on data for fiscal year 2020.
“Year after year, UGA has done well in helping the industry develop new products because we have such a wide range of research strengths across the academic enterprise,” said Karen Burg, vice -research president. “This breadth of applications, combined with real expertise among our faculty and students, is one of the university’s greatest strengths when it comes to partnering with companies to meet the needs and real world challenges. ”
UGA’s total of 59 new commercial products in FY2020 was actually greater than the number (53) it helped produce in FY2019, earning it the # 1 ranking of This year. These 59 products included new poultry vaccines, muscle function assessment software, click chemistry protein labeling kits, research and education tools, and new varieties of wheat. , blueberry and ornamental plants.
“Being ranked among the top universities in the United States underscores the innovative research conducted by UGA faculty, staff and students and also highlights our strong commercialization agenda,” said Derek Eberhart, Associate Vice President for Research and Executive Director of Innovation Gateway, which manages commercialization research for UGA. “Commercializing university research to improve lives and promote economic development is an integral part of the UGA’s land granting mission.
For nearly two decades, UGA’s research commercialization activities have placed it among the leaders in the country, according to the AUTM report. In the 2020 report, the # 2 ranking is only the most outstanding among a list of robust (and long-lasting) UGA metrics. Others include:
- Top 10 among all US universities for business flow and active licenses (14 consecutive years)
- Top 20 Among U.S. Public Universities for Undergraduate Earnings (17 Years)
- Top 20 among US public universities for the total number of active startups (18 years)
These numbers – and the campus-wide innovation in UGA research behind them – are a big reason UGA launched its Innovation District initiative in 2019. The district is intended as a recognizable landing place. from outside for researchers and students who wish to commercialize their research activities, and for industry partners who can help both individual technologies and UGA startups reach the market faster.
“This ranking reflects the many strong alliances that exist between our academic and industry partners across the state and the country,” said Kyle Tschepikow, executive director of business engagement and innovation. “Through the Innovation District, we are creating new avenues for businesses to connect with our talented faculty and students to meet business challenges and opportunities. It is an exciting time to be part of the UGA innovation ecosystem.
As UGA welcomed its community to campus this fall, the Research Office has stepped up educational activities in the Innovation District to help UGA researchers learn more about commercializing research. and to embark on their own goals. The Innovation Gateway startup program is hosting a series of events in its new Innovation Hub building that cover everything from a conversation with Double Dawg alumnus Marty Moore, Meissa Vaccines co-founder (Oct 22 to 11 h); at a November 1 showcase of the latest UGA I-Corps cohort; at a roundtable on November 4 with early stage investors who will talk about their process for evaluating business presentations, to name a few. All events are free and open to the public; registration is compulsory.
“The breadth and quality of research and scholarships at the University of Georgia create enormous opportunities for industry engagement and startup training,” said S. Jack Hu, senior vice president of the university for academic affairs and dean. “Our latest AUTM ranking and our thriving innovation district underscore our commitment to translating discoveries into economic impact. “