Our intellectual achievements are essential to that. The business of technology-transfer — moving basic research discoveries to the marketplace — contributes tens of millions of dollars to the state economy through product licensing and spin-off companies. And the business incubator Innovation Depot has helped its 92 tenant companies reach $1.4 billion sales during the past five years.
In short, our total annual impact is about $5 billion. That breaks down to a return of more than $20 in jobs and economic development for every dollar Alabama invests in UAB.
Read more about this bold, collaborative culture that strives to be first, best and one-of-a-kind.
Flow of Ideas
Can graphic design save a river—and a region? UAB students are using their skills for good as part of projects to increase ecotourism around the state.Print Shop
You never know what UAB researchers will carry around campus these days—pieces of a giant eyeball, a crime-scene footprint, or perhaps a tool for the space station. Each one came from UAB's 3D Print Lab, where machines use superheated plastic to transform digital designs into touchable, portable objects.Network News
Social media offers a great way for friends to keep in touch. Now universities are tapping into the network to find alumni with inDegree, a service developed by entrepreneurs in UAB's School of Business.