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UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Research Service Recognized for Leadership in Technology Commercialization Services


Among the few universities offering research support services for technology transfer and technology commercialization efforts, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and its Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise have been recognized for innovation and leadership.

In an article from the July/August 2016 issue of Information OutlookSupporting the Commercialization of University Intellectual Property,” University of Arizona authors discuss the limited support currently available for entrepreneurs and technology commercialization. They highlight the Patent Landscaping, Market and Funding Opportunity Research Service at the Kenan Institute as a key example of how librarians and information professionals accelerate technology commercialization.

“We’ve run this service for three years and will continue to support the university, but we won a United States Economic Development Administration grant (EDA) last year to expand the service to greater North Carolina,” noted Cynthia Reifsnider, Director, Research Services & Knowledge Management at the Kenan Institute.

The program, a part of Technology Commercialization Carolina, delivers custom reports that provide strategic views and contextual analysis to build business ideas into working technology and intellectual property. The program staff have completed more than 250 projects over the life of the service, valued at more than $2.5 million to the University and to North Carolina.

For more information on Technology Commercialization Carolina contact Cynthia Reifsnider at or visit

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