Innovation and Commercialization

Last year, I explained how Notre Dame was going to develop the capacity to commercialize the very best discoveries from all of our colleges' and centers' superb research. To this end, I am happy to report that during this last year, we have successfully acted on many of the recommendations of the report commissioned by Provost Tom Burish. In particular, we have created the IDEA Center to house commercialization, Innovation Park, and campus-wide entrepreneurship education, and we have hired a new associate provost and vice president of innovation, Bryan Ritchie, to run this new center. Under Bryan’s leadership, we have restructured university commercialization operations to prepare new discoveries for the market, and broke ground and began construction on our second building in Innovation Park, Quinn Hall, which will be finished by January of next year.

This is just the beginning of efforts that we hope will successfully bring the discoveries of faculty to have an impact for good in the world. Whether these discoveries help treat cancer or diabetes, develop new computing technologies, or facilitate advanced manufacturing, the processes and resources at the IDEA Center will have a positive impact on the lives of individuals and society.