ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico is reaching new heights in national and international rankings for research institutions that work to commercialize new technologies.
UNM ranked 28th among 225 universities and research institutions included in the Milken Institute’s 2017 report, “Concept to Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer,” released in May. That’s up from an original ranking of 93 in 2006, when Milken first began publishing the annual report.
UNM also jumped to 33rd this year on a list of 100 universities and research organizations worldwide that received U.S. patents in 2016. The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, which released those rankings on Tuesday, began publishing the annual list in 2013. Since then, UNM has steadily climbed the ranks, from 56th in 2013 and 47th last year.
The increase in both rankings reflects the growth in UNM’s technology transfer program, said Lisa Kuuttila, UNM’s chief economic development officer and president and CEO of the Science and Technology Corp., UNM’s tech-transfer office.