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In this second issue of RSP’s Quarterly Review, we turn our attention to the Innovation and Intellectual Property office (IIP), which connects university research to companies both large and small. IIP Director Joe Janda works closely with faculty, students and staff who seek to get their discoveries into the commercial marketplace through licensing and the creation of startup companies. For a relatively youthful research enterprise like Portland State University’s, IIP’s successes to date have been remarkable.

The Review also highlights Social Determinants of Health (SDH), an initiative that exemplifies Portland State University’s ability to link research to the interests of our community partners. SDH researchers show how health outcomes depend not only on genetics and exposure to biological dangers, but also on the quality of our social environment. This work is a key component of our partnership with the Oregon Health and Science University and forms a cornerstone of the planned joint OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

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Research & Strategic Partnerships: Quarterly Review, Volume 1, Issue 2