A large IBM (Fortune 500) manufacturing facility is a big generator of patents in Vermont, as are the state's robust life sciences, burgeoning food manufacturing and microbrewing industries. ,
Technology research at the University of Vermont is also driving patents, said Betsy Bishop, president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
Some examples: University researchers developed wood coatings based on whey protein, a dairy byproduct and renewable resource. Vermont Natural Coatings uses it to make a full line of environmentally-safe floor and furniture finishes.
University researchers also helped develop genetic testing for the MSH2 gene. The tests help in the early detection of colorectal cancer.
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