A key component of CNBS is the broad industrial need for cutting edge nano-bio sensor research and development leading to high value, scalable products across a number of industries. History teaches that an early involvement and continued guidance of industry in the research plans of industrially oriented university centers produces:
- Industrially relevant technology deliverables designed to meet company requirements to move products to the market
- Well trained students that are ready to immediately contribute significantly in the workforce
- Academic and industrial researchers with a broad understanding and appreciation for each groupís cultures and competencies.
CNBSí research base will be leveraged and developed to the benefit of the Centerís industry partners; ranging from large industry players to entrepreneurs and start-up company investors. These groups will be engaged at each step of the Centerís research program in developing the research strategy and goals, monitoring progress, and commercializing technology developments to ensure timely transfer of key deliverables to the commercial sector.
CNBS host institution, the University of Florida, is nationally recognized in development and commercialization of technologies for the public good; placing 10th nationally among research universities in income from technologies commercialized by the private sector. UFís current research base of over $520M, combined with a time tested intellectual property policy that strongly encourages faculty innovation for commercial applications, produces approximately 250-300 invention disclosures and 70 technology licenses annually. Additionally, UF has a focus on new venture creation, resulting in 20% of licenses executed over the last year going to start-up companies based on UF research.