Innovations from the field to the operating room have helped propel the University of Nebraska system to its highest ranking among the top 100 patent-winning academic institutions in the United States.
The new release National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association 2021 Report lists the A system tied at No. 64. This is the university’s fifth consecutive year on the list and is a climb from No. 77 in the 2020 report.
The ranking includes patents granted in 2021 by the WE Patent and Trademark Office at the A system technology transfer offices — Atechnology companies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and UNeMed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The WE Patent and Trademark Office granted the A system researchers 43 patents in 2021. Husker researchers have been named inventors on 25 of these patents, including three projects developed in partnership with colleagues at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
“Our university’s commitment to collaboration in the pursuit of cutting-edge research contributes to our success by being among the best at converting innovative ideas into real-world applications,” ONE said Chancellor Ronnie Green. “This ranking is a reflection of our ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit combined with hard work, strengthening our economy and improving life in Nebraska and around the world.”
Obtaining patents allows Atechnology companies and UNeMed will work with faculty, staff and students to bring research to market in areas such as biotechnology, agriculture, health, engineering and others. The result is new start-ups, jobs, and university-licensed products that grow the economy and improve the quality of life.
AThe 2021 report includes six individual patents related to a miniaturized surgical robot invented by ONE‘s Shane Farritor, Professor of Engineering. Patents include a quick coupler for attaching surgical tools, as well as a compact, multifunctional attachment that rotates and offers cautery and cutting options.
Farritor is co-founder of Virtual incisiona start-up based in Nebraska Innovation Campus. For nearly 20 years, he and his colleagues have been developing the surgical robot known as the Mira, short for “in vivo miniaturized robotic assistant”. The company has received over $100 million in venture capital investment since its inception in 2006.
The project recently received $100,000 from Nasa prepare the surgical robot for a test in 2024 aboard the International Space Station.
The patent list also includes an unmanned aerial vehicle that can be used for fire suppression and ignition.
The UAVs was developed by amplified dronea startup led by Carrick Detweiler, professor of computer science at ONE. It delivers ping-pong ball-sized chemical spheres that, when dropped, ignite and start small fires that burn vegetation and starve wildfires of potential fuel.
The drone system has been used to fight fires in Arizona, Alaska and other sites across the country. It was also named one of the Top 12 Made in America Inventions of 2017.
Along with patent and technology licensing services, Atech Ventures also provides entrepreneurship programs for faculty, staff and students. The programs offer mentorship and support to start-ups, while covering topics such as customer discovery interviews, value propositions, and target markets.
“We are all thrilled that our Husker inventors and the university are once again ranked among the best in the world to win WE patents,” said Brad Roth, president and chief executive officer of Atechnology companies. “This recognition further illustrates the innovative work of our faculty, staff and students who are committed to conducting cutting-edge research, solving real-world problems and bringing technologies to market that improve the lives of people in the world. the whole world.