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  • Dan Powers

CU Boulder In the Top 20 Universities for Patents

The University of Colorado jumped from No. 53 to No. 20 in a recent global ranking of the top 100 universities granted U.S. utility patents for an array of inventions and innovations that can have far-reaching and positive impacts on society.

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) recently announced the 2019 rankings. All four campuses contributed to CU’s total 100+ patents, with CU Boulder contributing 60.

For example, CU Boulder patent US 10,240,998 “Determining a Location and Size of a Gas Source with a Spectrometer Gas Monitor” (pictured right) was created by lead inventor Greg Rieker, a CU Boulder associate professor in mechanical engineering. Rieker, in collaboration with colleagues at CU Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), applied Nobel Prize-winning research on optical frequency combs to detect trace gases with extraordinary sensitivity. (This technology was a winner at the 2019 CO-LABS Governor's Awards for High Impact Research last November.)

With this technology and a partnership with NIST, Rieker co-founded Longpath Technologies, a spinoff commercializing cost-effective, continuous gas leak detection. Longpath is currently preparing for commercial deployments starting in summer 2020 and are actively raising their first investment round, which will expand the commercial deployments and grow the team.

Another example: After raising $260M in investment capital, Inscripta brought the breakthrough digital engineering platform Onyx™, the world's first automated benchtop platform for digital genome engineering, to market (pictured right). It lets researchers design and manufacture small quantities of new organisms, allowing scientists to create libraries of millions of precisely engineered single cells in one experiment through a fully automated workflow. READ MORE>>>

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