What We Do

NC State University is a research powerhouse and a powerful economic engine for North Carolina. The Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) plays a crucial role in this by protecting and promoting University research discoveries and intellectual property, working with and guiding industry partners, and promoting the acceleration of startups. We’re driving economic growth by facilitating the commercialization of research discoveries.

  • We provide innovators with a wide range of programs and services to protect, market, and license intellectual property developed at NC State. Collaboration with NC State innovators and industry partners has led to the creation of more than 100 startups and 500 commercialized products that benefit society on a local, national, and global scale.
  • We work with industry partners to assess research for potential commercial success, seek partners who can benefit from new technology, and develop critical relationships that make the technology commercialization process work.
  • We provide university entrepreneurs with assistance and resources to launch startups and scale businesses based on university innovations.

We're one of the top 10 universities in the nation

in licensing and optioning research to industry.

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Innovation to Market

Available Technologies

Browse our researchers’ innovations that can help you start or grow a business.

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New Ventures

Access programs and support for NC State Entrepreneurs and startups.

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Chancellor’s Innovation Fund

Find funding for moving NC State discoveries into the marketplace.

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