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Office of the Dean
College Mission Statement
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy will be a global leader in improving human health and benefiting society through pharmaceutical education, research, service and entrepreneurial activity. We aim to be recognized as the best college of pharmacy in the world.
Letter From Dean Jerry Bauman, PharmD, FCCP, FACC
Research: Driving Change, Driving the Economy
We are Chicago’s public research University for a reason: we’re very good at it.
The Carnegie Foundation ranks universities on their research productivity, the best being: “very high research activity.” These are the distinguished “Carnegie One” institutions. We are one of only four Carnegie One institutions in Illinois, alongside the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.
That level of research activity carries with it a great deal of economic impact. A recent study estimated that UIC contributes $4 billion a year to the Illinois economy, with the College of Pharmacy contributing heavily to that total with a solid 18.5 million in research dollars from the National Institutes of Health alone. Research creates discoveries. Discoveries create patents and startup companies . Startup companies create jobs. And, thanks to the amount of research performed here, College of Pharmacy researchers are helping the economy better than almost anyone else.
From 2007 – 2014, our faculty were issued 33 US patents for their discoveries. Thirty-seven of their discoveries were licensed to private companies, and over 70% of this activity has occurred in the last 3 years. In fact, 9 patents were issued to college of pharmacy faculty in Fiscal 2013, the most of any college at UIC (tied with the College of Engineering). Overall, the discoveries, innovation, and technology created by our researchers has resulted in 11 start-up companies in the last 5 years. (You can read about one of them, Capio BioSciences, later in this magazine.)
Funding our public research universities, and in particular our college of pharmacy, is a great investment. And an investment that yields fruit well beyond our campuses. Research performed here helps people across the nation and around the world. We have more than 50 tenure-track faculty and over 100 research and clinical faculty members conducting research and providing training to over 150 graduate students. Investment in our students provides highly qualified pharmacy practitioners. Likewise, investment in our college to make important discoveries provides different, but equally valuable, contributions.