Research Commercialization

Few universities can match the depth and breadth of Purdue's research capabilities and talent. With preeminent scientists and scholars in agriculture, business, education, engineering, science, health care, environmental sciences, humanities, social sciences, manufacturing, technology, veterinary medicine and the arts, Purdue is a national and global leader in discovery and innovation. Discovery Park, a complex of eight centers on the West Lafayette campus, allows multidisciplinary groups to come together and respond to grand challenges and opportunities. And when great ideas unfold, Purdue Research Park helps the inventors create successful new companies that will allow them to turn their ideas into reality and take them to the right markets.


  • 21 startups were formed from Purdue intellectual property in the 2016-17 fiscal year; more than 100 new companies have been formed over the last five years.
  • Purdue ranked 12th in the world among universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2016, up from 15th in 2015, with Purdue researchers having received 105 U.S. utility patents in 2016.
  • Confidence in Purdue as a research powerhouse continues to grow: Sponsored research awards set a record at $418 million in fiscal year 2016-17, not including American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.
  • Purdue researchers also received 135 licenses in the 2016-17 fiscal year from 222 Purdue technologies.
  • Purdue is among a small group of research universities that are entering into strategic alliances with Sandia Labs. Over the next five years, Purdue and Sandia Labs plan to work collaboratively on research challenges and support increased research partnerships.

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