Commercial Benefits of College Research Touted

Though academia has long prized research for its own sake, two House committees on Wednesday heard from the state’s leading research universities on how their scientific research makes money and contributes to the state economy.

“When we recognize that commercialization is a tool for the university to achieve its mission — research, education, service, public good — the way we deal with industry will fundamentally change,” said Brett Cornwell, Texas A&M University’s associate vice chancellor for commercialization. “Our goals become aligned with industry and industry’s goals become aligned with our faculty.”

Speaker Joe Straus tasked the House Committee ...

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