The University of Missouri is one of a select few institutions to boast schools and colleges of engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine all located on the same campus, and MU also is home to the most powerful nuclear research reactor on a U.S. college campus. That proximity gives the College of Engineering unique opportunities to collaborate on cutting-edge Biomedical Innovations with researchers just a short walk away. These capabilities have led to key research breakthroughs in chemotherapeutics, diagnostic tools, cancer treatments, eldercare and several other areas.
In just the last 10 years alone, University of Missouri College of Engineering researchers have formed 30 companies, including several in the biomedical arena. From dental fillings to skin grafts to tissue scaffolding and improvements in cancer treatment, these companies touch on a wide variety of biomedical fields. MU also is one of just 16 colleges and universities nationwide selected to partner with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, a partnership that funds key collaborations between the MU College of Engineering and the School of Medicine to fast-track research in the biomedical realm. The partnership has a strong track record of aiding research that later leads to startup companies.
There are few better places for aspiring entrepreneurs to set up shop than Columbia, Mo. The magazine Entrepreneur recently named Columbia as one of “The 15 Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch,” citing a vibrant college town atmosphere, a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem and a wide array of research facilities as a boon.
The MU Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology was founded by researchers from the College of Engineering and School of Nursing. The center is an interdisciplinary group of researchers and staff formed with the goal of developing new technology to help senior citizens age in place longer and with greater ease. The combination of engineering and clinical expertise is a collaborative effort that allows eldercare issues to be tackled from all angles.
MU College of Engineering faculty researchers have partnered with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders on projects relating to the detection, diagnosis and treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. MU Engineering researchers have conducted research into using 3-D facial structure analysis as a means of detecting disorders on the autism spectrum, 3-D imaging of various segments of the brain in children with autism spectrum disorders, using pupillary light reflex to screen for neurodevelopmental disorders in young children and more.
Very few U.S. universities boast the wealth of centrally located resources that the University of Missouri has. MU is one of just six public institutions nationally to have schools of medicine, law and business located on a single campus. Add the College of Engineering and School of Veterinary Medicine to the mix, as well as the nation’s most powerful nuclear research reactor on a college campus, and MU is uniquely positioned not only in terms of collaborative opportunities, but also in terms of taking novel technologies and turning them into licensed, marketable products.
MU’s University Hospital is the only designated Level I Trauma Center in central Missouri, and the UM Health System encompasses several facilities beyond the central hospital, including the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, Missouri Psychiatric Center, the Human Performance Institute, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, and MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Taking projects from an idea to market is a process few institutions have the resources to complete entirely on campus. MU is one of those select few. Its Office of Technology Management & Industry Relations assists faculty members in transferring their research into an organization that will lead to further development and possible jobs and entrepreneurial endeavors. The Missouri Innovation Center has helped launch the small businesses of several MU researchers in biomedicine and bioengineering.
This wealth of resources in a wide array of areas sets Mizzou apart in ways few others, if any, can match.