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Drexel Innovates

ExCITe Director Youngmoo Kim with a performer at the magnetic resonator piano, a hybrid acoustic-electronic instrument that allows musicians to shape the sound of each note.

Drexel Innovates is the conduit through which companies and organizations can tap into Drexel University’s R&D expertise to create and market new technology solutions, grow businesses and incubate innovation.

Drexel Innovates builds collaborations that solve challenges and lead to successful outcomes, like development of intellectual property, licensing and start-ups. It gives new, growing and proven enterprises the means to tackle problems, reduce risk and increase their chance of success.

Drexel’s Culture of Innovation

All of Drexel’s undertakings are calibrated to move knowledge to outcomes for maximum impact. Drexel’s innovative and entrepreneurial faculty drive a research enterprise that specializes in projects with near-term commercial and clinical application and has been recognized by the prestigious Wallace H. Coulter Foundation with an endowment to support life-saving biomedical solutions.

Drexel’s brand of innovation is interdisciplinary, solution-focused and faster—a 5- to 10-year cycle rather than 15- to 20-years.

Resources for Innovators

From traditional strengths like engineering, information technology, business and arts and sciences, Drexel has grown to encompass medicine and the health sciences, law, entrepreneurship, education, design and much more. Labs and collaborative facilities support faculty researchers and the high percentage of graduate and undergraduate students involved in advanced research. And several new initiatives are accelerating commercial innovation at Drexel, including:

  • Drexel Ventures, the University’s new subsidiary providing funding and organizational support to Drexel entrepreneurs. 
  • The Close School of Entrepreneurship, which teaches the skills of innovation and guides start-ups through the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship. 
  • The Schuylkill Yards, creating a geographic nexus for research and economic development near Philadelphia’s Amtrak 30th Street Station on a par with any in the nation.

Read more about Drexel’s innovation record, research and technology leadership.