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Turning research into jobs in Maryland

UM President Wallace Loh says a modest investment will unlock the employment potential of the state's research universities

About three times each week, an enterprising researcher at the University of Maryland, College Park, takes a step toward patenting an invention. Each year, that results in the creation of about five new high-tech firms, the kinds of businesses often credited with creating good jobs.

That's a good start, but the school's goal is to double that rate in the next few years. With a small but smartly focused investment by the state, we can get there — and all Marylanders can benefit.