URI research sparks companies, jobs, investment

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KINGSTON, R.I. – February 13, 2013 – To jumpstart the Rhode Island economy, University of Rhode Island faculty are ramping up their research discoveries that lead to new companies, cutting-edge patents and innovative public-private partnerships to develop new products.

In 2011 and 2012, faculty members launched three companies based on their URI inventions and received a record 22 U.S. patents, compared to 25 patents for the prior five years. In addition, faculty received two U.S. trademarks and filed 46 U.S. intellectual property applications.