For the third consecutive year, the University of Georgia was ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide for the number of U.S. patents granted in 2016, according to a list released this week by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
The list, which is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, recognizes the important role patents play in facilitating the movement of university innovation and research discoveries into the marketplace.
The UGA patents issued in 2016 reflect the contributions of 76 UGA innovators and include a variety of technologies from across the breadth of UGA’s research enterprise. Patented technologies include a carbohydrate-based cancer immunotherapy, a wound-healing composition, two herbicide-resistant soybean varieties, a vaccine platform for preventing human and animal diseases, and an innovative approach to altering the properties of a surface, i.e. rendering a surface germ-free.
Thirty-five new products reached the market in 2016, including Kanuma®, TifTuf® turf, biomedical research tools, a poultry vaccine, and several new plant varieties. In total, more than 600 products and 150 companies based on UGA research discoveries have reached the marketplace for public benefit since 1978.