As Wichita State University moves in the future, while facing more possible budget cuts, the leadership there is studying what it can do better in helping Kansas businesses succeed. One indicator it has studied closely, President John Bardo has said, is the number of patents being created in Kansas.
Bardo, in a speech on Friday to the Wichita Pachyderm Club, a gathering of local Republicans, warned that in his view, Kansans “are not creating enough tech-based businesses.”
“We are creating businesses,” he said. “But not those that have global reach, and pay well. Indicators, like the number of patents per thousand (workers) are very low,” he said. WSU will pay close attention to this, and other economic factors, as it continues to develop plans and ideas on how to help businesses in Wichita and Kansas, he said.
On Tuesday, WSU released a statement saying that in 2012 there were 2,756 patents granted to inventors living in Kansas. This represented 1.90 patents per 1,000 workers, slightly below the national average of 1.96 patents per 1,000 workers.
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The WSU statement said that their Center for Economic Development and Business Research has analyzed a report, the Strumsky Patent Database of The Brookings Institution for each Metropolitan Statistical Area in Kansas.
Read the full report at http://www.cedbr.org/content/2013/KS%20Metro%20Patents.pdf