A founding premise of the Institute is that research findings contribute to societal benefit and economic development only when they are made available to the public. This happens through private commercial and governmental sources. Thus development of intellectual property through commercial relationships is a prominent complementary feature of the institute. This is accomplished through affiliation with an existing intellectual property development structure comprised of Kansas State University, KSURF and NISTAC, NISTAC serves as the commercialization arm of KSURF. This is one of the top university-affiliated development and commercialization organizations in the United States with a solid track record based on eleven years of experience, originally as the Mid-American Commercialization Corporation, now reconfigured into NISTAC. Established three years ago, NISTAC is a cooperative state, community and university entity and holds corporate patents valued at more than $400M.