Kenneth Kirkland, OIPTT, (515) 294-4740
Skip Derra, News Service, (515) 294-4917


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University ranks high in several categories in technology transfer, according to a survey by the Association of University Technology Managers Inc., (AUTM). Iowa State is ranked in the top 10 in licenses and options executed, in total active licenses and options, and in patents issued, according to "AUTM Licensing Survey: FY1998."

"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. "It shows Iowa State is a leader among U.S. universities in technology transfer."

Iowa State led the nation in new licenses and options executed (the number of commercial agreements a university has with companies), according to the survey. Iowa State had 191 new licenses and options executed in FY98. Second was the University of California System with 177, followed by Stanford with 118, and Columbia University and the University of Washington/Washington Research Foundation, both 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 University of California 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 for patents issued is the University of California System with 242, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (126) and Stanford University (86).

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

ISU tied for 12th in start-up companies formed from licensed technologies with 5. Leading that list was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California University System, both with 19.

There were 179 U.S. and Canadian universities, teaching hospitals, research institutes and patent commercialization companies that responded to the AUTM survey. Overall, the report notes that in FY98 at least 385 new products were introduced and at least 364 new companies were formed based on an academic discovery.

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