To see a return, however, universities have to invest-in marketing the technologies and in research. “You are acquiring a fishing license. A patent is just a piece of paper unless you can add value to it,” says Ron Sampson, president of the Mid-American Commercialization Corporation, a group that works with Kansas State University. Sampson has already turned away one would-be donor. “We just couldn’t see the benefit,” he says.
Commercialization$17 millionFordNational Center for
Manufacturing Sciences$22 millionDow ChemicalRensselaer Polytechnic
Institute$4 millionDuPontUniversity of Iowa$35 millionHoechstClemson University$12 million