Issue Date: September 9, 2013
Universities Incorporated: Making Connections
“University Inc.” does a fine job pointing out the growing and valuable connections between academic and industrial research (C&EN, Aug. 5, page 12). Another model is the University of Minnesota’s IPRIME (Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial & Materials Engineering). I serve as director of this effort in which more than 50 companies invest in precompetitive projects. Although you credit Pennsylvania State University with innovating a policy that “would consider contracts that grant industrial research partners all IP rights,” the University of Minnesota implemented such a policy in 2011.
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