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Sep 12, 2017 

Although Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky were opponents on the football field Saturday, two days later the two institutions announced a partnership aimed at growing the state’s economy, with research and intellectual property being the driving forces.

Tom Martin, of EKU, left, talks with UK’s Ian McClure. Photo by Leslie Rodriguez. (EKU Photo)Tom Martin, of EKU, left, talks with UK’s Ian McClure. Photo by Leslie Rodriguez. (EKU Photo)

EKU’s Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET), headed by Tom Martin, and UK’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), led by Ian McClure, reached the agreement with the full support of the two university presidents, EKU’s Michael Benson and UK’s Eli Capilouto.

“Regional universities like Eastern Kentucky University conduct research and develop inventions, but the costs associated with that effort are significant for institutions focused on instruction and service to their region,” said Benson. “As a research institution, UK has the resources and organizational structure to assist EKU in the proper assessment and commercialization of basic discovery for the innovations of tomorrow. More importantly, this partnership creates a research corridor between UK and EKU, leveraging their individual strengths for the benefit of all Kentuckians.”

“As a research university, we lead the state in success in competing for external grants. That’s the pipeline for intellectual property,” Capilouto said. “We have developed the resources and infrastructure to move some of these breakthroughs to the marketplace. We are happy to partner with EKU to provide that kind of capability for their faculty when they have discoveries, and we are grateful for the partnership.”

The terms of the agreement call for UK’s OTC to act as an independently contracted partner and service provider to EKU for intellectual property and commercialization services. The services provided by the OTC to EKU include:

• assistance with EKU intellectual property (IP) development efforts, including assessing the potential value and patentability or copyrightable nature of invention disclosures.
• assistance with EKU commercialization and intellectual property procurement transaction costs, including market research, patent prosecution and docket management, identifying potential licensing partners, business development efforts to solicit interest in partnership, and negotiating and executing license agreements in coordination with EKU.

• development and/or offering of effective faculty education programs and strategies that UK uses to reach out to faculty and encourage invention disclosure and pursuit of IP protection.

• guidance to EKU on intellectual property and commercialization matters, including related to what UK does with non-patentable IP, particularly software.

• help in building a stronger EKU network by implementing process and procedures.

• solidification of a commercialization partnership that can help build a “research corridor” for collaborative research efforts between UK and EKU.

“We can channel the inventive activity happening at EKU through our office and collaborate and cooperate to give those ideas at EKU the best chance at succeeding,” said McClure. “It’s all about raising the bar for the Commonwealth.”

“UK and EKU’s service to each other and to the Commonwealth is the application of original knowledge created by our faculty,” said Martin. “We have a lot of challenges, like solving the ‘Kentucky uglies’ – high rates of lung cancer, heart disease, diabetes, smoking, obesity. But we also have the opportunity for collaboration in innovation, building the foundation for the inventors of tomorrow.”

From Eastern Kentucky University


MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State University has been recognized for the 14th consecutive year as one of the top public universities in the South in the 2018 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report.

The newest rankings include MSU as 22nd in the Top Public University-Master’s/South division, up two spots from last year.The newest rankings include MSU as 22nd in the Top Public University-Master’s/South division, up two spots from last year.

"We are very pleased to be selected again this year as one of the outstanding regional public universities by this respected college guide," said Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, MSU president. “We continue to improve the quality of life of our students, alumni and community.”

The newest rankings include MSU as 22nd in the Top Public University-Master’s/South division, up two spots from last year.

“Our faculty and staff are deeply committed to making Morehead State the best public regional university in the South, all for the benefit of our students and their families,” Dr. Morgan said.

The rankings place emphasis on acceptance rates, graduation rates, admissions selectivity, and small class sizes. MSU has consistently been recognized for relatively small class size and a high percentage of full-time faculty members, which are two important factors of student success.

The rankings include public and private institutions which grant bachelor's and master's degrees in 12 states of the South, including Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas and Louisiana.

MSU first appeared in the magazine’s top tier of ranked institutions in the 2005 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” The rankings are based on research of more than 1,400 institutions nationally.

“Our students are accepted into professional schools, including medical, dental, law and pharmacy programs, at rates well above state and national averages. This is one indicator of the high-quality education that students receive at MSU,” Dr. Morgan noted. “We are delighted that others recognize Morehead State’s academic quality.”

The rankings will be published in the magazine’s “Best Colleges 2018” guidebook. It will be available in early October.