The Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship fosters an entrepreneurial ecosystem at UAB and provides the infrastructure required for students, staff, and faculty to commercialize innovation on campus, within the community, and beyond.

Through partnerships with UAB schools, colleges, programs, and the local business community, the HIIE works to increase innovation and entrepreneurial opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and businesses to launch sustainable startups with new or disruptive technologies.

2020
innovation at a glance
5 faculty startups formed
2 student startups formed
44 licenses executed
16 US patents issued
$4.52M licensing revenue generated

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    When Thaddaeus Kwan was finishing his undergraduate degree at small Houghton College in New York, he knew he was interested in molecular biology and the study of various diseases, but wasn’t ready to commit to a specific field of study.

    That desire for flexibility brought him to UAB, where he was recruited by the Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine division in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences program. Whereas some graduate programs would have required him to quickly settle on a research path, UAB’s program allowed him to explore the diverse avenues available.

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    UAB start-up company revolutionizing production of nanofibers

    Open the doors at TruSpin, and one’s eyes are immediately drawn to a machine spinning out a dense, wispy web onto an enormous spool suspended from above.

    While this might look like a mad scientist’s method for making cotton candy, it’s actually the future of nanofiber manufacturing, and the nanofibers created have the potential for seismic impact in the scientific world.

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