For Business & Industry

Collaborating to deliver innovations and technologies to the marketplace

Why work with UK

The University of Kentucky has a winning track record of bringing innovations and technologies to the marketplace through successful collaborations with business & industry.

UK is one of only seven public institutions in the United States with colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine, and Pharmacy on a single campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique interdisciplinary collaboration. Take a look at UK's national rankings.

The university's $337 million research enterprise includes nationally recognized programs in aging, cancer, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. UK has a top medical center which draws on the clinical expertise of some 1,000 faculty in six colleges—Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Sciences, Dentistry and Public Health—to advance patient care. UK HealthCare is committed to the pillars of academic health care—research, education and clinical care.

UK's patent portfolio reflects a strong and diverse research enterprise in drug development and design, plant biotech and equine health, as well as innovative materials for medical devices, implants and drug delivery systems. Emerging technologies include renewable fuels and plant-based alternatives for industrial manufacturing. View of all UK's patents.

Our top technologies include:  agricultural biotech, biomedical engineering, biofuels, diagnostics & therapeutics, drug development & delivery, energy generation & storage, environmental sustainability, equine health, medical devices, plant-made pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, and visualization & imaging.

See our commercialization stats & rankings, licenses to UK startups and our list of UK spinoff companies for more on our capabilities and activities.

Why work with UKCED

The mission of the Office for Commercialization & Economic Development (UKCED) is to advance the university's role as a catalyst for economic growth through the commercialization of UK research.

We are UK's agent for commercialization decision making and centralized deal flow. We know which technologies are available because we manage UK's intellectual property assets and assess the commercial potential of promising technologies for development and licensing. We will also facilitate connections with our research faculty and staff.

We understand today's fast-paced business environment and the importance of quick response time and immediate assessment of your business challenges and opportunities. We will bring all of our experience and expertise to the table to help your company succeed.

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Office for Commercialization & Economic Development
262 ASTeCC Building | Lexington, KY 40506-0286