About research at The University of Akron

University of Akron Research

UA's Office of Technology Transfer

  • Files patents based on inventions created in UA labs and licenses the rights to use and develop these patented technologies to independent companies
  • #1 in the world in patents per research dollar in a five year study by the Milken Institute with 450 active and pending patents 
  • # 1 in Ohio in licensing revenue among public universities and # 7 in the U.S. in total licensing revenue for universities without a medical school, according to a 2007 Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) report
  • 50 startup companies based on UA research in the past decade
  • Recognized by the National Science Foundation, AUTM and Ohio Board of Regents for excellence in research commercialization and community engagement

University of Akron Research Foundation

  • Nonprofit organization to assist startup companies and facilitate quick transfers of technology to corporations and research sponsors, including interfacing with business by hosting industry executives as advisors
  • 450 companies and entrepreneurs assisted with business plans, funding referrals and connection to partners, customers, suppliers and mentors
  • 48 early stage companies presented to 650 investors, community leaders and service providers, attracting $150 million in follow-on funding through the Akron Regional CHange Angels (ARCHAngels) investment network
  • Akron Innovation Campus (AIC) tests a new model of mixed-use buildings where university startups and independent companies share space adjacent to campus

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