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Comings and Goings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 27th, 2021

The University of Kentucky has promoted Ian D. McClure, JD, LLM, to the newly created position of Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR), Innovation and Economic Impact. The new position represents a heightened emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurial activity as part of the university research strategic plan. 

In the expanded role, McClure – who has been serving as executive director of the UK Office of Technology Commercialization — will lead UK Research’s efforts to translate university discoveries for the public good, seek equitable returns on UK intellectual property, develop innovative approaches to develop, fund and support opportunities for near-stage research, seek grant funding to enhance UK’s investments in innovation, and expand industry and other collaborative research programs with UK Research and in the state more broadly. 

As leader of OTC, McClure grew the staff from three members to its current 25 (including full-time, fellows, and student workers), and enhanced the number of programs to assist faculty, staff and student innovators. As a result, UK’s commercialization and entrepreneurship activity has reached highest-ever levels, growing significantly in annual inventions (100% increase), patents (400% increase), licenses (350% increase) and start-ups (50% increase) compared with 2016.  

“I am thrilled to be continuing this important work for UK in this new elevated role, highlighting the innovation and entrepreneurial culture that has so much potential at UK,” McClure said. “The strong support from AVPR Rodney Andrews, VPR Dr. Lisa Cassis, and President Capilouto has made our successes to date possible, and I am excited about the future of UK’s innovation enterprise and the impact it can have on Kentucky, the region, and the world.”

Source: UK Now

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Andrea Taylor, head of the medicine and veterinary medicine team at the University of Edinburgh’s tech transfer arm Edinburgh Innovations, has been named this year’s Knowledge Exchange Hero as part of the 2021 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.

Under Taylor’s leadership over the past three years, the pace of commercialization at the university’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine has grown rapidly, including start-up launches, increased research funding, and new industry collaborations.

“Andrea is an exceptional champion of knowledge exchange, inspiring both her colleagues and our clients and collaborators,” says George Baxter, CEO of Edinburgh Innovations. “This award is well-deserved recognition of her exceptional work, which ultimately leads to innovations that benefit society.”

Taylor comments, “It’s an honor to accept this award which reflects the dedication of our excellent team at Edinburgh Innovations and the entrepreneurial talents of the University’s leading researchers.”

Source: Scottish Business News

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