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 197 active domestic and 269 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

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40 43 55 64 71 98 103 95 59 111

Innovations Optioned or Licensed

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15 29  33 20 26  40 48 56 54 93

U.S. Patents

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Applications Filed 44 40 47 50 66 77 88 131 91 83
Patents Received 15 22 20 27 16 18 11 21 21 23