HIIE staff collaborating during a meeting.

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

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

With total research expenditures exceeding $602 million, UAB is a powerhouse for academic, clinical and research innovation. The HIIE facilitates rapid development of new ideas, products and technologies and prepares faculty, students and researchers to become entrepreneurs in an increasingly technology-driven ecosystem. To date, our office has received more than 2,800 intellectual property disclosures, facilitated the issue of more than 600 U.S. patents, and assisted with the creation of nearly 75 companies based on UAB technologies, generating more than $100 million in total revenue.

UAB Research Foundation

The UAB Research Foundation is the technology transfer office of UAB. It is a part of the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship but remains the legal entity which exists for the benefit of UAB for contracting in matters of intellectual property. UABRF owns all UAB IP which falls under UA Board Rule 509 by assignment from UAB.

UABRF was formed in 1987 as a non-profit corporation with a mission to identify, assess, and market commercially viable technology developed across the university.

Our Goals

  • Empower the UAB campus to inspire, discover, innovate and create
  • Create a streamlined pathway from idea to commercialization
  • Enhance UAB's undergraduate and graduate programs in entrepreneurship, innovation and new venture management
  • Become a pillar for economic development across Birmingham and the region