A rich history, an exciting future

Thursday, Nov 8, 2018

It is an exciting time to be at Princeton. As we celebrate our 10th year of honoring Princeton inventors, we are also celebrating the University’s many new programs for building our entrepreneurship capacity and engaging in the broader innovation ecosystem.

At Princeton, translating research into beneficial technologies is a core part of our mission. The Office of the Dean for Research is one of the primary partners in helping to transition research findings into the public sphere through startups, licensing arrangements or collaborations with industry.

Our Office of Technology Licensing connects faculty research with partners in the innovation ecosystem, including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, donors and others. Over the past several years, Technology Licensing has embarked on several initiatives — including new funding and dedicated staffing — to meet the increasing demand from faculty for help in transitioning their discoveries into successful startups.

Another way in which the University engages in the innovation ecosystem is through research partnerships with corporations. Over the last few years, through the work of our Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations team, the University has dramatically increased its capacity to collaborate with industry to apply Princeton ideas to real-world challenges.

Around campus there is a palpable excitement about entrepreneurship. There are conferences, pitch competitions, hackathons and accelerator programs. The University’s new startup incubator, Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs, is rapidly enrolling new companies.

Our faculty, staff, students and alumni researchers are finding many ways to benefit society, whether via companies, nonprofit endeavors or other outlets. Princeton is central in this innovation ecosystem, which is why this year we have broadened our scope to encompass more than just “invention.”
We invite you to Celebrate Princeton Innovation.

Pablo Debenedetti
Dean for Research
Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering