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Innovation and Impact


The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine actively brings innovative technologies, ideas, and procedures to the marketplace. The intellectual property and laboratory discoveries generated by the research enterprise have led to many successful partnerships, both private and public, as well as several venture opportunities and commercial start-ups.lightbulb

The pursuit of innovation by college researchers continues to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving live science sector, including significant contributions to the fields of diagnostic imaging, drug development and delivery, and genetically inherited diseases. In fact, over the past several decades, the Carver College of Medicine has fostered the launch of 27 new commercial start-ups—approximately four per year—based on research and/or technology developed by college faculty, staff, and students. Also, the Carver College of Medicine is responsible for 216 active domestic and 278 active foreign patents.

Though the Carver College of Medicine remains focused on building the research and technology base here in Iowa, the college's impact is global.  

Innovations Disclosed

FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16
40 43 55 64 71 98 103 95

Innovations Optioned or Licensed

FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13  FY14 FY15 FY16
15 29  33 20 26  40 48 56

U.S. Patents

  FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16
Applications Filed 44 40 47 50 66 77 88 131
Patents Received 15 22 20 27 16 18 11 21

Innovation Financing (millions)

FY10 FY11* FY12* CY12* CY13**
$15 $32 $39 $11 $25

Innovation financing includes state funding, research grants, competitions, small business innovation research and small business technology transfer funding, seed/angel funding, as well as series A, B, and C funding. *2012 to present are reported by calendar year rather fiscal year. FY12 figures include funding from January to July 2012. CY12 figures only include funding from July-December 2012. **CY13 figures include funding from January to September 2013.