On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on bringing research and innovation to market with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.
The University of Houston is breaking new ground in research, with its Center for Industrial Partnerships playing a vital role in pairing researchers with businesses to bring new technologies to market.
The goal of the center is to unite UH with start-ups, midsize companies, large corporations and non-profit organizations, all from various industries, including health, biotech, energy, cleantech, nanotech and bioimaging.
Industry partners can take advantage of the university’s powerful centers of creativity and innovation that house teams of renowned researchers from a wide range of disciplines, said Emmanuelle Schuler, director of the UH Center for Industrial Partnerships, during a recent visit to Bauer Business Focus.
“The way we like to work with our researchers is for them to contact us as soon as they think they have invented something with commercial potential,” Schuler said. “Not all research can be commercialized, but some of the research they are engaged in may have some value.”
Industry partners frequently approach the center to find out more about the latest technologies being developed on campus, she added.
“We have large companies come to campus and scout research that we have, and they try to identify what’s hot and what’s new,” Schuler said. “They have come to realize that there’s great potential in university research.”
Having a dedicated center to bring together researchers with businesses is integral to the success of a research university, she said.
“Researchers can’t do it alone, and universities can’t do it alone either. In the business of innovation, companies need universities as much as universities need companies.”
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