Technologies created by researchers at Clemson University have led to a dozen new companies, which have created 50 new high-tech jobs.

Four of those companies started up last year--a record year for university technology spinoffs, according to a survey by the Association of University Technology Managers released last week.

The University of South Carolina had six startups last year and the Medical University of South Carolina had three, according to the report.

Universities are required to look for ways to commercialize inventions that resulted from federally funded research. "It benefits the university and the community at large," said Vincie Albritton, interim director for

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