The University of Colorado was recognized as one of the top 20 institutions in a global ranking of universities that obtained U.S. utility patents in 2019.
The National Academy of Inventors and the Association of Intellectual Property Owners this week announced the 2019 ranking which saw CU drop from its No.52 ranking in 2018 to a No.20 ranking in 2019.
CU’s four campuses contributed to the total 100 patents included in the ranking.
Here are the most impactful patents and their associated CU fallout, according to a CU statement:
- Inscripta – After raising $ 260 million in private equity, Inscripta brought the revolutionary digital engineering platform Onyx to market. Inscripta was founded on an exclusive license from a portfolio of CU patents, including US 10,266,849 “CRISPR enabled genome engineering” invented by CU Boulder’s associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, Ryan Gill. The innovation developed in the Gill laboratory, known as âCREATEâ, enables rapid multiplexed editing at several places in the genome.
- Kahook double blade – US 10,327,947 “Modified Double Blade Cutting System” was created by Malik Kahook, MD, professor of ophthalmology at the CU School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The Kahook Dual Blade, launched in 2015 by New World Medical, is a new surgical blade created to produce a more complete removal of the trabecular meshwork, which is the eye tissue associated with the development of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a major cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. Surgery with the Kahook Dual Blade is minimally invasive and can be performed effectively with equal efficiency in modern operating rooms as well as in low-resource areas around the world. It is now one of the most commonly performed glaucoma procedures supported by extensive evidence-based medicine.
- Stateless – Stateless, a company that is reinventing network connectivity, is the exclusive holder of license US 10,245,348 âStateless Network Functionsâ. This technology enables new levels of automation, dramatically simplifies the way businesses access IT services remotely, and uses IT resources more than five times more cost-effectively than traditional approaches. Lead inventors Eric Keller, CU Boulder Associate Professor in Electrical, Computer and Power Engineering, and Murad Kablan (PhDCompSci’17) co-founded Stateless after completing CU Boulder’s New Venture Challenge and the CU Catalyze Accelerator.
- Biography Q32 – Application US Pat. No. 10,233,235 “Modulation of the alternative complement pathway” relates to methods and compositions for modulating, for example, stimulating or inhibiting, the activity of the alternative complement pathway. This therapeutic approach is important because it allows targeted regulation of complement directly in diseased tissues while minimizing the risk of serious infections and other complications associated with systemic modulation of the complement pathway. The patent is licensed to Q32 Bio, a biotechnology company developing treatments for patients with severe autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Q32 Bio was seeded and incubated by Atlas Venture with basic science from renowned immunology researchers Michael Holers, MD, and Joshua Thurman, MD, of the CU School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The company has raised $ 46 million in Series A funding and plans to enter a Phase I trial in 2021.
- Long road technologies – US 10 240 998 “Determining the location and size of a gas source with a spectrometer gas monitor” was created by the lead inventor and co-founder of Longpath Greg Rieker, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Boulder. Rieker, working with colleagues at CU Boulder and NIST, applied Nobel Prize-winning research on optical frequency combs to detect trace gases with extraordinary sensitivity. LongPath is commercializing cost-effective continuous gas leak detection and is preparing for commercial deployments from summer 2020. Rieker also placed first in the 2017 Lab Venture Challenge.
The report uses data obtained from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and highlights the role that patents play in academic research and innovation.
Published annually since 2013, it ranks the top 100 universities named as the first assignee of utility patents granted by the USPTO in calendar year 2019.
See the full ranking here.