UC San Diego is transforming California and contributing to an interconnected global society by generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, educating society at large and engaging in public service.  As a billion-dollar research enterprise situated in the heart of one of the most highly concentrated innovation hubs in the nation,  UC San Diego is a unique place where break-through ideas are translated into solutions to benefit humanity. In fiscal year 2016, UC San Diego issued 92 patents and launched 19 startups, becoming the top University of California campus for number of companies started.