Guiding Innovations To Market

University of Iowa Research Foundation

The UI Research Foundation (UIRF), a 501c3 corporation, is the hub of technology commercialization at the University. UIRF works with faculty and staff to identify and license inventions to companies that bring those inventions to market. We work with entrepreneurs, faculty, industry, and investors to develop UI spin-out companies. We also advise the university on intellectual property matters for clinical trials and sponsored research.

Zev Sunleaf, Interim Executive Director

Zev Sunleaf, Executive Director
(319) 335-4155


UI Research Foundation

  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence for new UI companies
  • Industry experts who evaluate promising technologies
  • Licensing assistance for UI discoveries
  • Intellectual property donations
  • Help forming or investing in UI spin-out companies
  • Inventions, intellectual property, and invention disclosure
  • Public disclosure, material transfers, and confidentiality agreements