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Comings and goings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 10th, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the appointment of Chanette Armstrong as the Department of Energy’s Director of the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT). “Ms. Armstrong’s engineering background coupled with her extensive private sector experience makes her an outstanding appointment for OTT Director,” said Perry. “The Department of Energy is already one of the largest supporters of technology transfer within the federal government, and I’m confident that under her leadership, we’ll further accelerate innovation and advance commercialization for the benefit of the American people.”  

As the Director of the OTT, Ms. Armstrong’s responsibilities will extend across DOE’s program offices, its 17 national labs and its other research and production facilities. She will also oversee DOE’s Energy Investor Center, the Technology Commercialization Fund, and the coordination of technology transfer activities and best practices across the DOE complex. She will also serve as the U.S. DOE Technology Transfer Coordinator, an advisor to Perry on technology transfer and commercialization activities. Ms. Armstrong will oversee and advance the DOE’s efforts to spur innovation and accelerate the commercialization of early-stage technologies from the DOE’s laboratories to the marketplace.

Armstrong is a registered patent attorney, holding a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.B.A. from Long Island University, and a J.D. from State University of New Jersey-Rutgers Law School. She had most recently served as Chief Legal Counsel for Virtual Dental Care Inc., a teledentistry company, and prior to that she worked for 12 years as head IP counsel for Sage Software, Inc.

Source: Energy.gov

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The University City Science Center, a Philadelphia nonprofit that supports innovation and tech transfer, has announced its President and CEO Stephen S. Tang will step down.

Craig R. Carnaroli, board chairman at the Science Center, comments, “Over the past 10 years, Steve has led a strategic plan designed to transform the Science Center from a traditional real-estate focused research park to an innovation powerhouse, and, in the process, reconnected the Science Center to its original mission and shareholders.

“During Steve’s tenure,” adds Carnaroli, the Science Center has launched new programs to support technology commercialization, strengthened partnerships with the region’s academic and research institutions and launched the largest campus expansion in our 55-year history. Together these initiatives have positioned the Science Center as a leading tech-based economic development organization in the Greater Philadelphia region. On behalf of the Science Center’s Board of Directors, I thank Steve for his dedicated leadership and service and wish him the best in the next chapter of his successful career.”

Upon leaving his current post, Tang will join OraSure Technologies, a developer of oral fluid specimen collection devices, to serve as CEO.

“It was an extremely difficult decision to leave the Science Center,” says Tang. “I’ve been privileged to work with a dedicated Board and lead a talented group of colleagues who are committed to the Science Center’s mission of inspiring and leading a diverse and inclusive community of innovation and entrepreneurship that nurtures and scales economic development through technology commercialization, business growth and civic engagement. I am excited about the Science Center’s future and momentum, and believe the foundation has been laid for continued growth and success.”

Source: Science Center

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