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Comings and goings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 5th, 2018

• Purdue University’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) has named tech transfer expert Brooke Beier its new vice president. Beier has served the past 16 months as executive director of OTC, which is one of the most comprehensive university tech transfer offices in the U.S. In her new role, Beier will continue to spearhead efforts to commercialize Purdue’s wide portfolio of technologies through intellectual property management and licensing.

“Brooke has been a key player as the Office of Technology Commercialization has transformed to become more business-friendly since 2013 under the leadership of my predecessor Dan Hasler and president Mitch Daniels,” says Brian Edelman, president of the Purdue Research Foundation. “Brooke earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Purdue, so she knows the university and its ecosystem well. She’s the ideal person to continue to spread the word that Purdue is open for business.”

Beier comments, “Purdue has a strong emphasis on technology transfer, commercialization and entrepreneurship, and we have made great strides in recent years. Purdue has incredible faculty, staff and students that develop innovations that can change the world, and we plan to continue our effort to ensure these innovations are translated from Purdue to the public.”

Source: Purdue Research Foundation News

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• The University of Canbarre has chosen professor Leigh Sullivan to serve as deputy vice chancellor for research and innovation. In his new role, Sullivan will lead the university’s Distinctive by Design initiative, which emphasizes strengthening its research capabilities to produce real-world solutions and drive the launch of start-up companies.

Sullivan currently holds the same position at Federation University Australia, where he led the creation of the Federation University Technology Park, the largest of its kind in Australia, with 65 tech enterprises and $100 million in capital value. Prior to that, he served at Southern Cross University as acting pro vice chancellor for research and deputy pro vice chancellor for research development.

“Professor Sullivan’s career speaks for itself,” says Deep Saini, vice chancellor and president of the University of Canbarre. “He is an accomplished researcher who has made a seamless transition from the laboratory to executive work. We are a young university looking to build on our achievements and make significant strides in the research and innovation space. Professor Sullivan will lead this journey masterfully.” Sullivan will begin his role on November 19th.

Source: University of Canberra

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