The University of Washington ranks seventh among national universities in a new Milken Institute report on technology transfer, “Concept to Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer.” The report highlights the vital role research universities play in spurring economic growth.
For the UW and CoMotion, the University’s collaborative innovation hub, the new ranking represents a considerable rise from the original rankings in 2006, when UW was 24th. The report’s authors attribute the UW’s rise, in part, to the restructuring of the commercialization arm to CoMotion in 2015. With its broadened mission, CoMotion has helped the University better integrate within Seattle’s robust innovation ecosystem. In addition to three CoMotion Labs and the MakerSpace, innovation grants and mentorship all aim to foster innovation transfer in a wide range of fields. Read more here.