Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The University of Iowa Research Foundation (URIF) has launched a new website offering a cleaner look and revamped content to help researchers and scholars more easily learn how to protect and commercialize their intellectual property.

The website may be found at

The site was designed by Modei Akyea, web and design project manager in the Office of the Vice President for Research, with content development by UIRF Post-Doctoral Fellow Sarah Sapouckey, who met with stakeholders to determine what information would be most useful to them.

UIRF Executive Director Marie Kerbeshian said the redesign gives greater focus to the information researchers need to know about the process of commercializing innovations that arise from their work. She said the site also makes it easier for faculty, staff, post-docs, and students to connect with UIRF to ask questions and get assistance in reporting inventions.

“From the other side of the aisle, we’ve made it much easier for potentian industry partners to find technologies that UIRF has available for licensing,” Kerbeshian said.

The UI Research Foundation is part of the University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research, which provides researchers and scholars with resources, guidance, and inspiration to secure funding, collaborate, innovate, and forge frontiers of discovery that benefit everyone. More at, and on Twitter @DaretoDiscover