Fledgling companies depend on research, the right personnel and access to capital. Since 2004, at least 22 startup and spinoff companies have leveraged OSU research. At every stage, it comes down to risk.
The dense grove of willow, ash, maple and alder looks like 100 percent nature's doing. But in fact, the 3,000 towering trees shading the east bank of Marys River in Philomath grew from the vision and dedication of a science teacher and his student.
Abdulsalam Alhawsawi came to Oregon State University to learn about safety in medical X-ray labs. His dream to protect public health reflects OSU's commitment to expand its international reach through INTO-OSU.
OSU wheat researchers lead a national initiative to address a threat to world food security. With the only facility permitted by the USDA to import seeds from an international grain research center, OSU plays a key role in developing disease-resistant varieties.
In the last year, OSU students received recognition and won competitions in fields from tax accounting to patient care, robotics to rowing. And as Fulbright Scholars, they applied their skills throughout the world.
Engineering water systems for Salvadoran coffee farmers reaps unexpected rewards
The OSU students' mission - to build clean-water systems with coffee farmers living high in a hidden rainforest - would test their engineering skills and slake their thirst for new experiences. They never expected the project to change their lives.