March 19, 2007

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Dr. John Folkins
Dr. John Folkins has been named chief executive officer of the BGSU Research Institute.

BGSU Research Institute to help bridge concepts and markets

The University recently launched the BGSU Research Institute, designed to help faculty, staff and students develop their research or creative ideas into marketable products. It will also help find outside support to patent and license those products.

According to Dr. John Folkins, chief executive officer of the newly incorporated nonprofit organization, “The research institute matches the culture of the University to the needs of the public. It builds upon the great work faculty are already doing and gives them the opportunity to take it further.”

If you have a discovery you feel has potential as a product, but don’t know where to begin in the process of patenting, marketing and licensing it, the institute can help, he said. Likewise, if you are in the early stages of developing an idea you feel is promising, but don’t have the resources to take it through to completion, the institute may be able to help find the backing you need, Folkins explained. In addition to patents, some intellectual property may lend itself to copyrights that can be licensed and subsequent products that can be marketed. Faculty, staff and students may be able to benefit from any income generated from commercialization of their work.


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