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Tech transfer then, now, and tomorrow

In 1925, biochemistry professor Harry Steenbock did something that, at the time, was considered highly unusual.

He had developed a process for using ultraviolet radiation to add vitamin D to milk and other foods to combat rickets. In that era, it was standard practice for university scientists to leave their inventions unpatented. But rather than follow convention, Steenbock used $300 of his own money to file for a patent.

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