UC’s Innovation Boom: A New Era of Invention and Patents


Last updated: November 24, 2023

The University of Cincinnati (UC) is making waves in the innovation sphere, with a surge in invention disclosures, patents, and ambitious plans to ramp up research. This innovation boom is largely credited to UC President Neville G. Pinto’s establishment of the Office of Innovation, nestled in the 1819 Innovation Hub.

UC's Innovation Boom: A New Era of Invention and Patents
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The numbers speak for themselves. Invention disclosures shot up by 51%, patent filings by 62%, and issued patents by a whopping 94% between 2018 and 2022. What’s more, UC is on track to bag more US patents in 2023 than any single year since 1974.

Geoffrey Pinski, UC’s assistant vice president for tech transfer, is thrilled. “The work UC has done investing in our office and increasing our budget is absolutely significant,” he said. “Now we’re seeing a more focused hiring approach, recruiting those that are focused on commercialization, that have an interest in the process.”

UC’s faculty have joined forces with industry giants like Procter & Gamble and GE Aerospace to tackle real-world business issues. “We often have expertise they don’t have,” Pinski explained. “It’s truly a diversity of thought that provides that balance.”

Looking ahead, Pinski envisions UC pouring resources into digital innovation, national security research, and expanding its leukemia research. The university is also gearing up to finalize the Digital Futures building, further bolstering its research prowess.

In the lab, Erin Hertlein, PhD, and John Byrd, MD, are hard at work. Byrd, a leading hematology expert, is a crucial cog in UC’s leukemia research wheel.

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