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Comings and Goings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 12th, 2021

UF Innovate, the venture arm of the University of Florida, has hired Karl R. LaPan to serve as Director of Incubation Services. In his new role, LaPan will lead both of UF Innovate’s award-winning start-up incubators, Sid Martin Biotech and the Hub. The facilities are home to more than 60 start-up and growth companies, offering a combined 150,000 square feet of labs, office space, conference rooms and scientific equipment.

LaPan comes to UF Innovate with over 20 years of experience in business incubation and has served as president and CEO of the NIIC, a non-profit entrepreneurial support organization, since its launch in 2000.

“The incubation industry is a small community, and it is very difficult to find people with extensive experience in entrepreneurial education, marketing, mentoring, and other facets of start-up development,” says Mark S. Long, current director of incubation services at UF Innovate. “I am personally thrilled to welcome Karl LaPan to the UF Innovate community. I know he can take UF Innovate Incubation Services to newer and greater heights, continuing the legacy of global award-winning programs established over the past several years.”

LaPan comments, “This is an exciting time for me to join the UF Innovate team and lead Incubation Services. With a team of talented incubation professionals at two world-class incubation facilities, a vibrant Gainesville Innovation District and a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Alachua, we are poised to ‘build, drive, and support the spirit of entrepreneurship’ so our companies can ‘feed, fuel, and heal the world.’ Combine that with UF’s world-leading resources to move promising research discoveries from the lab to the market, and we’re on our way to being a top-energized tech community in the Southeast.”

Source: University of Florida News

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The University of Cambridge has brought on Diarmuid O’Brien, a leader in tech transfer and innovation, to serve as chief executive of Cambridge Enterprise, the university’s venture arm.

O’Brien most recently served as chief innovation and enterprise officer at Trinity College Dublin, where he oversaw the development and enhancement of the school’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy.

He has also served as director of Trinity Research and Innovation, where he led the establishment of the University Bridge Fund, which is ranked in the world’s top five collaborative university funds. In addition, O’Brien has held senior management roles in several university start-ups.

Source: University of Cambridge

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