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It is no secret that universities are abundant breeding grounds for novel ideas with enormous commercial potential. Stanford’s patent on Google’s foundational page-ranking algorithm and MIT’s patent on the data transfer method that ushered in one of the world’s largest distributed-computing platforms in Akamai evidence some of the more famous collaborations between the private sector and the academy. But opportunities for businesses to partner with universities to develop and commercialize new technologies are plentiful well beyond those bastions of innovation in Palo Alto and Cambridge.

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