Universities are becoming much more focused on research (and patent) revenue to replace declining public financing support. I am happy to see their increasing participation in industry technology events.
Let me remind you this the 56th INTERNATIONAL annual technical meeting on electron DEVICE research developments where the devices reported on are not only structures for logic and memory--but include the enabling devices that surround them, making More than Moore system integrated design possible. Who knows what successful medical device system will be possible by a novel biosensor or what clear winner will emerge from a new display device presented at this year's IEDM? Academic research lab results at IEDM are crucial in making successful commercial systems years later.
The pavement on the Road(map) for silicon transistor-based Moore's law has turned into ruts. The shift to alternative approaches in architecture e.g. Memristors and Integration e.g. TSV, is one or two nodes away.