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University of Chicago researchers have expertise ranging from molecular engineering to clinical testing. Inventors have developed a wide variety of new treatments in key therapeutic areas, with a particular strength in oncology. Key areas of therapeutic innovation at the University include cellular therapy, nucleic acid editing, epigenetics, and immunotherapies.


University of Chicago researchers have developed methods and assays to provide accurate information critical for decision-makers including tools to monitor the effectiveness of therapeutic and preventative interventions, disease status, and for screening drug candidates.

Research Tools

Whether for academic, biopharma, or clinical research, University of Chicago inventors have developed a wide-range of research tools and platforms to promote scientific discovery.

Medical Devices

The University of Chicago’s long track record of commercial success in the medical device field includes pioneering work on the applications of computers and machine learning to medical imaging, artificial joint development, and revolutionary techniques for image reconstruction.


Materials research at the University of Chicago combines theory and experiment to design and synthesize new materials for use in applications ranging from quantum computing and sensing, to electronic hardware, tissue engineering, solar power, imaging, and soft robotics.

Quantum Science

The University of Chicago is at the forefront of the fields of quantum science and engineering. Its faculty members are pioneering breakthroughs in numerous areas of quantum science, including quantum computing, quantum sensing, quantum communication, and the development of quantum materials.


University of Chicago researchers are developing fundamental technology for the next generation of computing, sensing, communications, and imaging, including components for quantum information technologies, the Internet of Things, batteries, displays, and memory.


The University of Chicago Computer Science department’s areas of growth include data science, security, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction, building on its traditional strengths of computer systems and theoretical computer science. Further, the University’s Center for Data and Computing (CDAC) is an intellectual hub and incubator for data science and artificial intelligence research.


University of Chicago researchers are working towards a sustainable future across every discipline, ranging from biologists using microbes to store wind power to chemists developing more efficient batteries.

Cleantech Success Stories

NETenergy is a thermal energy storage (TES) company known for its thermal battery that stores cold energy which can save building owners 30% or more on their energy usage and reduce carbon emission by 50%. Named Black Ice technology, this battery creation, works like an electrical battery, but is an intelligent energy storage solution. Founders Said Al-Hallaj and Mike Pintar, MBA ’16, developed the company to address the problem with on-peak energy consumption. With this in mind, the team competed in the 2015 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) and finished in second place bringing home $40,000, which included the inagual Khosa Maker Award. In addition, NETenergy is a former Polsky Exchange Incubator company. Follow NETenergy on LinkedIn and see how they are heating up the thermal energy game.

SoCore Energy LLC is humble, hungry, and smart — it’s actually the company’s motto. SoCore Energy is the market leader in solar portfolio development and commercial rooftop installations. By combining engineering excellence and financial innovation, the company has discovered how to reduce the operational and bottom-line expense of solar energy implementation, cut energy costs, and hedge against utility-rase increase. Founder Pete Kadens and his Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) team finished in third place at the 2008 competition and took home $10,000. Almost 10 years later, SoCore Energy continues to live up to their motto. Follow @SoCore_Solar, to see how they continue to heat up.


University of Chicago researchers have developed rigorously tested tools and resources to promote excellence in public schooling. University practice-based knowledge has led to intriguing subject-matter programs, curricula software applications, and instructive gaming tools.


Modern farming requires sophisticated solutions to increase productivity and profitability while meeting sustainability goals. The University of Chicago has answers in the form of plant disease resistance programs, environmental sensing applications, and precision agriculture technologies.


University of Chicago researchers responded to the global pandemic quickly to provide solutions to address SARS-CoV-2. This enthusiasm resulted in innovative approaches to virus neutralization and PPE inventory shortages. The University’s research centers continue to work on the evolving challenges presented by SARS-CoV-2.


University of Chicago researchers are consistently ahead of trends and innovating into new technology spaces with field-defining research. The array of inventions continues to stretch the boundaries of traditional asset classes.

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