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March 31, 2000

Iowa State makes top 10 in some tech transfer statistics

by Skip Derra
Iowa State led the nation in the number of commercial agreements with companies (licenses and options executed), according to an FY98 survey by the Association of University Technology Managers Inc. (AUTM). Iowa State also ranked in the top 10 in total active licenses and options, and patents issued.

"The survey is important because 132 U.S. universities participated, virtually all of those that have a technology transfer operation," said Kenneth Kirkland, director of Iowa State's Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer.

Iowa State led the nation in commercial agreements with 191 new licenses and options executed in FY98. Second was the University of California (UC) system with 177, followed by Stanford University with 118, and Columbia University and the University of Washington/Washington Research Foundation, each with 112.

Iowa State was fifth in total active licenses and options with 589. This is a measure of how many licenses and options are in effect and the number of companies commercializing the technologies. Stanford leads that list with 1,160 active licenses and options, followed by the UC system (1,009) and the Cornell Research Foundation Inc. (797).

Iowa State was 10th in patents issued in FY98 with 54. Topping the national list is the UC system with 242, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (126) and Stanford (86).

The UC system was the leader in license income with $79.8 million, followed by Columbia University ($66 million) and Stanford ($61 million). Iowa State ranked 34th with roughly $2.8 million.

ISU tied for 12th in start-up companies formed from licensed technologies with five. Leading that list was MIT and the UC system, both with 19.

Overall, the report notes that in FY98, at least 385 new products were introduced and at least 364 new companies were formed based on academic discoveries.

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