Universities Announce New “Lab to Market” Initiatives

October 17, 2011

Earlier this year,135 university leaders across the country joined together in a pledge (pdf) to undertake greater efforts in commercializing university technology and to “ensure that the knowledge and technological breakthroughs developed through campus-based research was rapidly and broadly disseminated to advance the nation’s social and economic interests.” On September 16th of this year – the same day that President Obama signed the America Invents Act into law – more than 40 of these universities released announcements discussing some of the specific efforts they have undertaken or plan to explore in response to their pledge.  A news release (pdf) from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities contains links to these announcements, including from New York University, SUNY Buffalo, and the University of Rochester, among others. A recent blog post from the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House (“America's Universities Growing the Economy With “Lab to Market” Initiatives”) further outlines some of the efforts planned by these universities.