ASU Researchers Focus on Patents, Start-Up Companies

JONESBORO, AR - The first royalty check for an invention at Arkansas State University has arrived as researchers move beyond the classroom and enter the world of patents and startup companies.  School officials say they hope patents can bring more money to the Jonesboro campus.

Elizabeth Hood, ASU's associate vice chancellor for research and technology transfer, said the first patent developed by an Arkansas State researcher was filed in May.

The invention was created by analytical chemist Robin Hannigan, who was assisted by student David Clarke.  Hood said the invention is a transfer line, a device that connects machines that make measurments and allows them to talk to each other.

Hood says Hannigan is her favorite inventor, because the ideas just flow out of her.  She said Hannigan was surprised that her invention might have financial worth.

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