Surprise: UF ranks No. 3 nationally in tech transfer, topping CalTech, MIT

In a boost to Florida’s tech ambitions, three Florida universities cracked the Milken Institute’s list of 25 “Best Universities for Technology Transfer.”

The University of Florida — perhaps best known for its success at raking in athletics revenue — ranked third, behind only the University of Utah and Columbia University and ahead of such stalwarts as Stanford, CalTech and MIT.

“Many are aware of the tremendous source of income that Gatorade provided the university, but Florida’s overall success is due to much more than one product,” Milken’s report says.

Over the past four years, UF generated 395 patents, 547 licenses, $127.9 million in income and 62 start-ups, the report says.

The University of South Florida ranked 19th, and the University of Central Florida was 22nd.

At UCF, Milken said, “A sea change occurred at the institution after it was granted a medical school in 2006.”

UF’s Century Tower. Photo courtesy University of Florida.

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