IU among top 100 worldwide universities granted U.S. patents

Indiana University ranked 53rd in the “Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents 2020,” a report published by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. IU moved up 18 places in the newly released 2020 rankings, advancing from 71st a year prior, after receiving 53 U.S. utility patents during the 2020 calendar year.

The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association rank the top 100 universities worldwide by the number of utility patents granted. Published annually since 2013, the report uses data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and highlights the vital role patents play in translating university research and innovation.

“Indiana University continues to contribute in major ways to the economic well-being of the state of Indiana and our nation, and the ability of our faculty and staff to translate cutting-edge research into commercial technologies is vital to that effort,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “This latest ranking recognizes the quality of IU inventions, the impact of our investments in technology and seed funding to support collaborative faculty research initiatives, and the enormous commercial potential of IU intellectual property. It also reflects a steady growth of a new entrepreneurial spirit all across the university.”

Among the issued patents IU received in 2020 and their lead researcher are:

  • Compounds for treatment of angiogenesis-mediated diseases — Tim Corson, associate professor of ophthalmology in the IU School of Medicine.
  • Hepatitis B core protein modulators — Adam Zlotnick, professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology.
  • Method for generating endothelial colony-forming cell-like cells — Dr. Merv Yoder, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the IU School of Medicine.
  • Methods and compositions for resolving components of a virus preparation — Martin Jarrold, Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry.
  • Insulin-incretin conjugates — Richard DiMarchi, Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry.
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