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Pushing New Technology from the Lab to the Market: UNM Fueling the Growth of High-Tech Industry in New Mexico

At the University of New Mexico, researchers are actively engaged in finding solutions to real-world problems and working to bring those solutions to the marketplace.

Since 1996, UNM researchers have

  • disclosed 1,749 new inventions

Since 1996, STC.UNM, the University’s technology transfer arm, has

  • Filed 1,288 patent applications
  • Received 523 issued U.S. patents
  • Executed 525 license and option agreements
  • Spun off 103 start-up companies from UNM technologies

STC in collaboration with national laboratories (Sandia and LANL) has

  • 206 jointly owned inventions
  • Executed 28 license and option agreements
  • Spun off 6 start-up companies from jointly owned technologies
  • Generated $9,453,612 in revenue

In 2013 alone, 26 UNM start-ups generated a significant impact on the local economy

  • 147 high-paying jobs
  • $3.5 million in revenue
  • $8.6 million in salaries and benefits
  • $4.7 million in goods, services and spending
  • Raised $17 million in venture capital

Among its 16 peer institutions, for every $2 million in research dollars spent, UNM is

  • 4th in number of invention disclosures
  • 2nd in number of licenses and options signed
  • 13th in licensing income
  • 3rd in number of start-up companies created

From the disclosure of new ideas today comes the valuable patents and copyrights of tomorrow that will create the innovative products and companies of the future. UNM research —where a wealth of new ideas is bringing sustained wealth to New Mexico’s economy.

Fiscal Year Disclosures U.S. Patents Filed U.S. Issued Patents Option/License Agreements Start-up Companies Income*
2016 102 77 69 54 12 $2,550,722
2015 125 99 46 50 9 $2,729,547
2014 119 95 45 56 9 $1,718,949
2013 138 117 51 63 9 $2,189,442
2012 124 90 31 46 7 $2,922,575
2011 110 99 30 36 5 $3,333,218
2010 122 106 26 36 5 $3,976,373
2009 113 84 15 38 8 $1,069,389
2008 112 76 11 21 6 $834,076
2007 85 69 11 25 8 $938,308
2006 96 62 13 30 7 $970,584
2005 79 56 15 18 5 $872,474
2004 67 63 19 16 3 $390,811
2003 46 20 28 9 1 $306,314
2002 49 30 13 4 1 $78,025
2001 67 22 26 5 3 $99,870
2000 54 38 14 3 2 $137,499
1999 61 32 13 3 1 $349,454
1998 40 18 20 3 0 $337,537
1997 22 18 12 7 1 $219,753
1996 18 17 15 2 0 $62,884

*Combined licensing revenue and patent cost reimbursement revenues.