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Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium. April 3, 2013 Richard B. Marchase Vice President for Research and Economic Development. A Sustainable Birmingham D epends upon the Creation of Clean and Ongoing Jobs and an Environment of Innovation.

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sustainable smart cities symposium

Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium

April 3, 2013

Richard B. Marchase

Vice President for Research

and Economic Development

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A Sustainable Birmingham Depends upon the Creation of Clean and Ongoing Jobs and an Environment of Innovation
  • Harnessing innovative ideas and translating them into real opportunities for growth is critical
  • Interdisciplinary research is at the heart of the transition to a knowledge-based economy
  • Academia, including UAB, must fulfill its potential to provide innovation, research, and education to address real world problems
    • Especially those important to the Birmingham region
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“We would do Birmingham a great disservice if we dreamed too little dreams”Joseph Volker, First President of UAB, c.1970

university of alabama at birmingham uab
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  • In just 43 years:
    • Largest employer in state of Alabama with 23,000 employees
      • Top 5 Best Places to Work in Academia by The Scientist
    • ~$3.5 billion annual budget
    • ~$450 million in Annual Research Dollars
    • ~32nd in federal research expenditures
    • ~20thoverall in NIH funding
uab s overall economic impact on birmingham 5 billion a nnually
UAB’s Overall Economic Impact on Birmingham: >$5 Billion Annually
  • Nearly 20 to 1 leveraging on a state investment in FY12 of ~$270 million
  • Health Center
  • Construction
  • Students and on-campus activities
  • Research
  • Spin-offs
economic prosperity
Economic Prosperity

“The impact and role of UAB in these efforts cannot be overstated. UAB is the dominant economic engine in the region; its growth will help to fuel the region’s growth. Likewise, the University’s commitment to innovation will ultimately determine the region’s ability to develop new technologies and valuable new startups in knowledge-intensive fields that will support the region’s economic diversification and high-wage job growth. When it comes to creating a culture of innovation in the Birmingham region, UAB must play a leadership role.”

birmingham business alliance bba
Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA)
  • Culture of Innovation is a key component of BBA’s “Blueprint Birmingham”
    • Hired Vice President for Innovation and Technology to support Research, Development, and Tech Transfer
  • Partnership between UAB & BBA to create:
    • Scouting for commercialization opportunities
    • Mentoring with technology experts
    • Entrepreneurial Education
uab research foundation uabrf
UAB Research Foundation (UABRF)

IP created by the UAB research community: since 1987, UABRF has -

  • Received & managed >2,200 invention disclosures
  • Executed >430 option &/or license agreements
  • Had >640 U.S. patents issued
  • Helped create >50 startup companies -mostly since 2000
  • Generated >$60MM in license income – of which:

>$27MM has been distributed to UAB for re-investment

>$16.5MM has been distributed to inventors as personal income

  • Technologies include:
  • Information Technology
  • Pharmaceuticals / Biotechnology
  • Medical Devices
  • Materials
    • Engineering
  • Medical Informatics
uab institute for innovation and entrepreneurship
UAB Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Educate

Create

Develop

Partner

  • Develop and enhance UAB’s graduate and undergraduate programs in entrepreneurship, innovation and new venture management.
  • Create an “Innovation and entrepreneurial community” through the use of on-line resources, social media and hosted events.
  • Cast a broad net to identify innovations, pick the most promising ones and develop their commercial potential.
  • Provide entry point for worldwide industries to successfully collaborate with UAB
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Internal (UAB)

Research & Collisions

Cross-disciplinary Connections

External (Businesses)

Solution Seekers

VC/Angel $$

Product Development

Revenues

Research support

JOBS

INTERNAL

INVESTMENTS

Consultants

Proof of Concept

Patent Filing

Startup company

Ideas

COMMERCIALIZATION

PATHWAY

REVIEW

Vetting

Market Feasibility

RESOURCES & SERVICES

Mentors

Business Plan

Management

Proof of Concept

Project Management

Revenues

Research support

License to existing company

DISCLOSURE

Triage:

IP landscape

Market

Opportunity

outcomes
Outcomes
  • Accelerated commercialization and economic development.
  • Magnified student and faculty engagement in entrepreneurialism.
  • Increased enrollment and student/faculty retention.
  • A new generation of innovative products, services and alumni.
  • Active recruitment of Alabama businesses who need research to be optimally successful.
  • Substantial economic growth in Birmingham, the state & beyond.
a uab affiliate
a UAB affiliate
  • An Acclaimed Business Incubation Facility
    • One of “Seven Hot Startup Incubators” –CNN Money (2011)
    • International Technology Incubator of the Year
      • The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) (2011)
  • Expanding to 96 startup companies
    • 140,000 sqftof space (Largest in the Southeast)
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“We would do Birmingham a great disservice if we dreamed too little dreams”Joseph Volker, First President of UAB, c.1970

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“We would do Birmingham a great disservice if we dreamed too little dreams”Those of us in this room, c.2013