As one of IU’s most prolific inventors, the fact that Richard DiMarchi had 17 patents granted in 2015 alone is not too surprising to those familiar with his scientific and entrepreneurial career, which spans more than three decades.
However, the fact that only two researchers in the biotech field worldwide had more in that same year is a bit of an eye-opener. According to Nature Biotechnology, a journal focused on science and business within the industry, that was the case. Not only for 2015, but nearly so in 2014 as well, when DiMarchi was fourth on that list.
The journal’s rankings are based on the number of patents granted annually according to IP Checkups, a Berkeley, Calif.,-based firm that analyzes filings at major patent offices worldwide.
DiMarchi’s inventions are part of a surge of increased patent activity recently generated through the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., which protects, markets and licenses intellectual property developed at IU so it can be commercialized by industry.
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