Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
One of Homayoon Kazerooni's mechanical exoskeletons.
The University of California plays a seminal role in creating the technological, economic and social benefits that Californians enjoy.
UC research contributed to the foundational research breakthroughs that launched some of California’s most iconic industries, including aerospace, agriculture, biotechnology, computers and semiconductors, telecommunications, and digital media.
From the fiber-optic network switch, which enables the exchange of information across the modern internet; to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which transformed medical diagnostics; to the Camarosa and Albion strawberry varieties, which are the most common strawberry varieties grown worldwide; to drugs such as the Hepatitis B vaccine Recombivax HB, the Human Growth Hormone drug Protropin, and the prostate cancer drug XTANDI, the impact of discoveries made at UC is felt worldwide.
“Steering UC’s cutting-edge discoveries through our labs and into the world economy is central to our mission as a public university.”
– UC President Janet Napolitano
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative aims to leverage the scale and diversity of UC’s ten campuses, five medical centers and three affiliated national labs to build a vibrant and innovative entrepreneurial culture across the system. Our three priority areas of focus are:
UC Innovation in the news
- UC ranked among top innovative universities (Sept. 16, 2015)
- UC creates five new inventions per day (July 30, 2015)
- Student entrepreneurs find success with smart earplugs (Dec. 11, 2014)