Commercialize Technology
Protect your Ideas

The University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) - a 501C3 corporation - commercializes University of Iowa developed technologies and inventions through licensing and new venture formation, and manages the subsequent revenue stream.  View the University of Iowa Intellectual Property Policy.

The UIRF’s primary functions are:

  • New Ventures - identifying and developing new high growth UI technology spinout companies suitable for venture capital financing
  • Licensing - finding suitable partners for commercializing UI technologies and inventions
  • Intellectual property services - which include protecting UI inventions through patents and copyrights, advising on intellectual property terms for Clinical Trials and Sponsored Research, and executing out-going material transfers


Iowa Medical Innovation Group

Iowa Medical Innovation Group (IMIG) is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students to all phases of medical device/technology development. Students from the colleges of Business, Engineering, Law, and Medicine collaborate in a real-world environment to identify a medical need, create a solution, and move it through the development and commercialization process.

Each spring, a “Request for Problems” form is distributed throughout the UI medical community to seek out possible projects for IMIG teams. If you are a physician or faculty with an idea for a new medical device, and/or would like to serve as mentor to an IMIG team, please contact