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mndailyHave you ever come up with the right answer despite using flawed data? That seems to be the case with The Minnesota Daily’s editorial “A patented alternative,” published Dec. 2. The editorial staff asserts that commercialization of University-based technology and research partnerships with businesses represent important opportunities for the University. In fact, I have made that same point to the Board of Regents and University leadership repeatedly over the past five years and will again at my annual report to the regents Dec. 10.

Unfortunately, the editorial and a related piece (the Nov. 24 article “U struggles to market technology”) contain serious misinterpretations of data and mischaracterizations of the efforts of the Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC) to commercialize the University’s intellectual property.

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