Jim O’Connell has been named the University of Florida’s new assistant vice president for technology transfer and the director of the Office of Technology Licensing. He takes over for long-time director David Day, who is retiring.
“I think Jim is the ideal fit for UF,” said Day. “With both his private sector and university tech commercialization experience, we are most fortunate to land him.”
Under Day’s leadership, UF has been consistently ranked among the top universities in both start-ups launched and licensing. In the 16 years since he became director, the OTL has launched 195 biomedical and technology start-ups and generated more than $1 billion in private investment. Last year the office signed a record 122 licenses and options.
“Following David Day is a tough act,” O’Connell admits. “In addition to building a tremendous office in tech transfer, he has established the University of Florida as a presence nationally.”
O’Connell’s goal is to take what Day accomplished to even greater heights and break into the Top 5 nationally in research and tech transfer. O’Connell brings a wealth of experience to the table, with positions at two start-ups and a history in the medical device industry.
“I look forward to watching the continued ascension of the program at UF and take great pride to have been a part of something that delivers so much good to the world,” said Day. “It makes it easier to leave, knowing the program is in such good hands.”
Source: UF News