The University of Minnesota’s craziest, most interesting innovations

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The University of Minnesota is a research giant. Sure, most colleges and universities have an active team of researchers, but few institutions churn out inventions at the same rate as the U.

Last year, the U was named by the National Science Foundation as one of the nation’s top 10 research institutions. A report released by the university in late 2017 estimates that it has had an $8.6 billion impact on Minnesota, and that its inventions generated more than $320 million for the state between 2009 and 2015.

Simply put, the University of Minnesota is, and always has been, at the heart of the state’s innovation economy. Its faculty have created everything from new apples to life-saving drugs.

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