Super Cities №222—How Hopkins Innovates

Brendan Hart

Founded in 1876, Johns Hopkins has led the United States in research funding every year since 1979. Its 2017 research haul – $2.5 billion – was around 60% higher than the next closest university.

Hopkins researchers have made significant breakthroughs in water purification, genetics, and space exploration. The university is known as a giant in the fields of life sciences.

As I wrote in a recent piece in The Hill, to be competitive in an increasingly competitive global market, America must couple invention and innovation. This framework would once again link "the lab" with the market.

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures is the center of gravity for this work in Baltimore. It is responsible for getting the university's 2000+ inventions into the market, supporting student entrepreneurship, and engaging industry in creative ways. As the central node in a city-wide network, JHTV supports non-university partners throughout Baltimore.

In our conversation, Christy does a great job of describing Hopkins' collaborative approach to innovation; how the university's vast IP base is a strategic asset; and why Baltimore will soon rival New York City and Silicon Valley as a startup destination.

I learned a lot from Christy. I hope you enjoy this episode of Super Cities.

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