What We Do at OTC

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) is the technology transfer office for the University of Kentucky (UK). The core mission of the OTC is to facilitate the commercialization of UK innovations and discoveries for the benefit of the University community, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and global society.

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By The Numbers

40 new patents

issued to UK in FY2017

$2.39 million

in gross royalty income in FY 2017

600+ worldwide patents

available for licensing with corporate & industry partners

117 licenses & options

active as of June 30, 2017

$3.75 million

in income distributed to inventors since 2010

$13.37 million

income distributed to colleges & departments since 2010

Featured UK Start Up MosquitoMate

UK startup MosquitoMate has gained quite a bit of national media attention since partnering with Verily Life Sciences on their Debug Project

MosquitoMate produces sterile male Asian Tiger mosquitoes by infecting them with the Wolbacachia bacterium. When these mosquitoes mate with females, the eggs are unable to hatch, thus eliminating the next generation of mosquitoes. MosquitoMate provides a non-chemical, non-GMO pest control solution that does not harm other species, such as butterflies and bees. It has implications for controlling intractable diseases such as Zika and Dengue. The technology is based on the research of Stephen Dobson, professor of Entomology, in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and the UK patented technology is licensed to MosquitoMate.

MosquitoMate recently expanded its mosquito production operations off Regency Road in Lexington to a 6000 sf facility, and it has grown to 12 employees.

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