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By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 7th, 2018

The Office of the Vice President for Research at Pennsylvania State University has appointed tech transfer professional Harl Tolbert to serve as assistant vice president for research and director of the Office of Technology Management (OTM). Tolbert most recently served as director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Commercial Development at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. There, he managed a tech transfer fund that helped launch start-ups specializing in cancer immunotherapy, precision diagnostics and other fields of healthcare.

As OTM director, Tolbert will help protect Penn State’s intellectual property, evaluate the commercial potential of its research, offer guidance to innovative students and faculty, and promote economic development through tech transfer activities such as licensing and startups.

“As we look to translate research into real-world impact, the work done at OTM becomes an increasingly key piece of the research enterprise,” says Neil Sharkey, vice president for research at Penn State. “Harl’s combination of scientific, academic and business experience will no doubt make him an effective ambassador for tech transfer at Penn State, and we look forward to implementing new strategies to help Penn State become more competitive in this area.”

Source: Penn State News

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Oxford University Innovation (OUI) has chosen Adam Workman to lead its newly-formed Investments & New Ventures (OUIINV) division. In his new role, Workman, who formerly served as Head of New Ventures at OUI, will oversee the tech transfer company’s seed investment activities, manage its equity positions in university start-ups and provide a bridge between OUI and the investment community.

The overall mission of OUNIIV is to bring OUI’s investment and equity management capabilities together under one roof. The department is currently seeking three investment professionals to join Workman’s team. “This is a great time to be involved in investments from the University of Oxford,” says Workman. “We have seen a significant interest in investment activity over the last few years.

Matt Perkins, CEO of OUI, comments, “Adam has delivered sterling work while heading up the New Ventures team and is the ideal candidate to lead this new combined team. We expect Adam and the OUI Investments team will further improve our ability to create and nurture world-leading spinout companies that have a positive impact on society.”

Source: Oxford University Innovation

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