At Texas A&M AgriLife Research, our mission is to improve agricultural productivity, efficiency, and profitability in ways that conserve natural resources and protect the environment.
To maximize the impact of our work, we look for private-sector allies who can help fund research and development and promote the innovations that we produce.
That’s why the success of our agency relies on entities such as the AgriLife Research Corporate Relations office. Corporate Relations works to build and sustain collaborations with industry that can strengthen everyone involved. The office allows our scientists to focus on conducting world-class research and creating environmentally responsible technologies that provide solutions to global problems. As our collaborators in industry profit from commercializing these technologies, they grow the economy and create jobs.
Dr. Hussey and I first conceived the idea for the Corporate Relations office in 2006. We wanted to establish a group that could expertly coordinate collaborations among faculty members, units within The Texas A&M University System, federal and state agencies, and corporate partners.
Since then, the office has helped bring in more than $100 million in funding for research and development. It has cultivated relationships with businesses such as Chevron, Ceres, BP, and Bayer CropScience. Along with Texas A&M System Technology Commercialization, our Corporate Relations team has helped our agency make approximately 400 invention disclosures, pave the way for more than 100 commercial licenses, and improve more than 20 crops, among many other accomplishments.
In the future, strategic relationships such as those developed by Corporate Relations will ensure that AgriLife Research remains a premier research and technology development agency in agriculture, natural resources, and the life sciences. They will also help strengthen our state’s position in the global marketplace.
I hope you enjoy reading more about the history and work of the Corporate Relations office—as well as highlights of other AgriLife Research projects and personnel—in the latest issue of our newsletter.