About Industry Partnerships
Our researchers are solving some of the world’s greatest challenges. The University of Minnesota is a leader in driving innovation and fostering an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and engagement.
We make it easier for business to partner with the UMN to transform discoveries into innovative solutions. Our Minnesota Innovation Partnerships (MN-IP) program improves access to University technology while reducing risk and cost.
Technology Commercialization works with partners inside and outside the UMN, providing resources, support, and training to help researchers bring their inventions and ideas into the world.
Perry Hackett’s Sleeping Beauty Transposon System is a gene transfer platform that can be used to reprogram the human immune system to find and attack cancer cells. Last year, two biotech companies licensed a cancer treatment involving Sleeping Beauty to pharmaceutical company Merck for nearly $1 billion.
Starting a Company
The Venture Center helps to take the ideas and technology that stem from University research, prepare these technologies for the market, and launch new businesses around them.
We work closely with our partners on the licensing process to identify their unique needs and create the greatest value for all.