USC Notches Rank of 19th in Research Start-Up Firms
By Ron Aiken, Free Times
In its push to become a leading research institution, the University of South Carolina is garnering recognition as a national leader in commercializing the research of its professors.
In the most recent rankings compiled by the Association of University Technology Managers, USC ranks 19th in the country, tied with Johns Hopkins and Cornell and ahead of such respected universities as Emory, Duke, Ohio State, North Carolina and Virginia.
The rankings take into account the number of invention disclosures (USC had 84 to Clemson’s 56), new patent applications (USC 39, Clemson 22), licenses (USC 20, Clemson 10) and start-up companies formed (USC six, Clemson four).
Much of that success can be attributed to the work of Harris Pastides, dean of the Arnold School of Public Health and vice president of USC’s Office of Research and Health Sciences. Pastides has spearheaded an aggressive campaign to facilitate the translation of research into commercially viable applications.
“When I came here in 1998, we knew we needed to emphasize research,” Pastides says. “To be viewed nationally and globally as a top university you need to be recognized for the research and scholarship of your faculty, and we knew we needed to crank up our research.”