June 10, 2022
In 2021, University of Missouri researchers increased oil content in plants for food and energy, created software to assess speech and swallowing, developed gene therapies for muscular dystrophies, and invented more responsive sensors for military surveillance and medical diagnostics.
MU faculty and staff make discoveries and generate innovations because of access to resources and disciplines at Missouri’s largest public research university.
“It’s not uncommon for clinicians from the School of Medicine, School of Health Professions and Sinclair School of Nursing to collaborate with our veterinarians, engineers, physicists, and animal and plant scientists,” said Lisa Lorenzen, assistant vice chancellor for technology advancement. “When researchers with different viewpoints and educational backgrounds work together, they often generate new knowledge and original ideas.”
The Technology Advancement office works with researchers who might have an innovation with commercial potential. Last year, they disclosed 108 inventions, which Lorenzen and her team evaluated for novelty, utility and market potential.
Lorenzen said intellectual property also can lead to successful grant proposals, new funding opportunities and partnerships that increase the odds that the research will result in a product or service.
In 2021, the university earned 25 patents for devices, tools, therapeutics and other technologies. Commercial partners licensed and optioned 85 different innovations, which generated $2.8 million in revenue for Mizzou.
“We look for companies with the expertise, resources and business networks to bring MU inventions to market,” Lorenzen said. “Our goal is to leverage the university’s discoveries so our researchers can have a greater impact on the world.”
Mizzou innovation milestones in 2021
- Innovators with patents, commercial agreements, startup companies and first product sales
- Innovators who disclosed inventions
- MU inventions with U.S. patents