Sedam, who was hired as the director of the UNH Office of Research Partnerships and Commercialization three years ago, said the university is now focused, from the top of the administration on down, on getting ideas into the market.
And while that emphasis is new, he said it fits with UNH’s founding as a land grant university, created as place where the state’s students could be educated and then return home to improve the economies of their local communities.
“In the 1860s, it was about farming practices and agricultural practices,” he said. “In the 2010s, we’ve really just substituted patents for plows and copyrights for cows. But it’s still taking the ideas and the learnings from the university and bringing it out to society for public benefit, job creation and, yeah, revenue.”