The primary objective of academic technology transfer is the development and commercialization of academic research findings, ensuring research ultimately reaches and benefits the public. Relationships with industry are an increasingly common and important part of research and education at UMSL.

TTO staff work with UMSL researchers to identify intellectual property (IP) and the optimal approach to protect and commercialize it. During evaluation, we consider IP protection, commercial potential, possible economic impact, whether a startup company should be formed and the inventor's future research plans in deciding how to proceed.

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