By Caitlyn Rahschulte

EKU has teamed up with the University of Kentucky in order to help the state’s economy grow using research and intellectual property to drive the project.

Tom Martin, of EKU’s Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET), and Ian McClure, of UK’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), agreed to the partnership with full support from EKU and UK presidents Michael Benson and Eli Capilouto.

According to a news release, Benson said with UK’s organization and resources, EKU will have the help it needs to commercialize all innovations made by the university.

“This partnership creates a research corridor between UK and EKU, leveraging their individual strengths for the benefit of all Kentuckians,” Benson’s statement read.

With the partnership, the universities hope to help some of Kentucky’s challenges, Martin said. Referring to them as the “Kentucky uglies,” he said some of the challenges the partnership hopes to solve are the high rates of lung cancer, heart disease, diabetes, smoking and obesity in the state.

Aside from solving those problems, the collaboration will also help the universities with innovation and helping future inventors, Martin said.

UK’s OTC will be a partner and service provided to EKU. Services such as helping EKU assess the potential value of an invention, assisting in market research and building a stronger EKU network are just a few examples of how the OTC will help EKU.