Tech Transfer eNews Blog

Comings and goings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 12th, 2018

•  International commercialization expert Scott Henderson has been hired by the Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) to serve as its new chief entrepreneurial officer. Henderson will lead the Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurship and commercialization accelerator, and Purdue Ventures, a capital and talent hub. He also will work closely with the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization and Purdue University to guide the award-winning Purdue commercialization ecosystem.

“Purdue already has a highly successful entrepreneurial system, but it is ready to take the next giant leap,” said PRF President Brian Edelman. “Scott will move this program to that goal by connecting C-level suite executives to entrepreneurs to project and office managers and help us further develop an extraordinary space where people connect and develop ideas and collaborate on solutions.”

Henderson comes to the foundation from Sandbox Communities, an Atlanta-based company he formed four years ago where he created social environments in commercial and university research parks and innovation districts.

He will be doing similar work for Purdue, focusing particularly on the Discovery Park District, a 400-acre, $1 billion project that will include laboratories, advanced manufacturing facilities, offices, retail shops, restaurants, housing, green space, trails and an airport.

Greg Deason, the foundation’s senior vice president for entrepreneurship and place making, said Henderson’s extensive experience in identifying and attracting entrepreneurs and startups was a key factor in hiring him. “Scott has shown through his work at Sandbox Communities, Georgia Tech and elsewhere that he is a world-class connector of people,” Deason said. “He is an entrepreneur, a marketer and has created dynamic social environments that blend corporate and university environments.”

Henderson will join Purdue on Jan. 7. He succeeds Dan Hasler, who in September was named Purdue’s executive vice president for communication.

Source: Purdue Research Foundation News

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•  The University of Wyoming (UW) has chosen seasoned patent attorney Henry Nowak to serve as director of technology transfer and business resources. In his new role, Nowak will lead UW’s efforts to provide faculty, staff, students and regional entrepreneurs with the guidance and resources necessary to identify, promote and protect intellectual property with high commercial potential.

Nowak most recently served as a tech transfer manager at North Dakota State University, where he was responsible for intellectual property evaluation, marketing, licensing and other activities related to the university’s technology portfolio. He has filled similar roles at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Utah State University and Colorado State University.

“He has a depth and range of experience that will serve UW and Wyoming well as the university works with the state and ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) to stimulate entrepreneurial activities and the shepherding of ideas with market potential into the business world,” says Ed Synakowski, UW vice president for research and economic development.

Source: UW News

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