24 April 2017
The Milken Institute, a private think tank based in California that is concerned with economic and social issues has published a research report by Ross DeVol, Joe Lee, and Minoli Ratnatunga that analyses the process by which universities convert research into intellectual property in the USA. The University Technology Transfer and Commercialization Index is based on data supplied by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). Technology transfer is measured by eight key metrics, patents issued (15%), licenses issued (15%), income from licensing (35%), and start-ups (35%) each of which are presented in normalised and non-normalised mode. A number of leading universities did not take part in the survey.
The top ten universities are:
- University of Utah
- Columbia University
- University of Florida
- Brigham Young University
- Stanford University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Washington
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
- Carnegie Mellon University.
The top universities for each indicator are:
Licenses issued: University of Washington
Licensing income: New York University.
Start-ups: University of California at Los Angeles.
The rankings suggest that there may be some significant changes as new centers of innovation develop. Some of the universities at the top of these rankings have improved very rapidly over the last few years. The University of Utah was 14th in 2006 and the University of Washington 24th. On the other hand, MIT has fallen from first place in the same year.