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Comings and Goings

The University of Wyoming (UW) tech transfer office has brought on Arundeep Pradhan, an expert in start-up development and a tech transfer veteran, to serve as interim director.

In his new role, Pradhan will lead the efforts of the Wyoming Technology Transfer and Research Products Center to help UW faculty, staff, and students protect, market and commercialize their intellectual property.

Pradhan currently serves as president of Apio Innovation Transfer (APIOiX), a consulting firm that focuses on boosting entrepreneurship and innovation through business development, training and technical assistance.

“I am pleased to have Arun and his team working with us as we reimagine our tech transfer office and the critical role it plays in building UW’s and the state’s innovation ecosystem,” says Steve Farkas, associate vice president for economic development in UW’s Research and Economic Development Division. “We are looking forward to building increased opportunities to collaborate with our researchers and private-sector partners.”

Pradhan comments, “The University of Wyoming has unique resources and capabilities that can be leveraged to utilize and commercialize the results of its research activities. As we look at these opportunities, my role is to assist in building the capacity of UW’s technology transfer efforts and to structure them in a manner that has impact for the university and for Wyoming.”

Source: University of Wyoming

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The Plaster College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Lindenwood University has selected Dan Lauer, entrepreneur and tech commercialization expert, to serve as chief entrepreneurship officer.

Lauer was the founding executive director of UMSL Accelerate — Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Accelerator at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. As an entrepreneur, he has acquired a wealth of industry connections that will bolster Lindenwood’s efforts to boost the commercialization of technologies developed at the university.

“Dan Lauer’s experience elevates Lindenwood University’s efforts to be a leader in the entrepreneurial space,” says Lindenwood President Dr. John Porter. “We’re focused on entrepreneurship with a big ‘E,’ and we are eager to be intentionally disruptive in the ecosystem. With a desire to establish corporate accelerators and purpose-driven accelerators, Lindenwood will attract outstanding students and impactful partners.”

Source: Lindenwood University

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Northern Illinois University (NIU) has chosen alum Yvonne Harris to serve as vice president of the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships (RIPS).

In her new role, Harris will lead NIU’s growing research and innovation enterprise, developing and implementing the plans and policies of RIPS, as well as overseeing the university’s broader research infrastructure, operations, research facilities and compliance.

Harris has served in leading research roles at numerous universities including James Madison University and Chicago State University, and she currently serves as vice president of research, innovation and economic development at California State University.

“Dr. Harris’ leadership has positively impacted research productivity at the universities where she has worked,” says NIU president Lisa C. Freeman. “She also has been recognized throughout her career for exemplary contributions to innovation in STEM teaching and outreach.”

Harris comments, “Starting so many years ago at NIU as an African American woman, single parent, looking for a future, I am an example of the transformational power this institution represents. Surrounded by so many faculty, administrators and staff who believed in me, I was made to believe that there was nothing I could not accomplish. Returning to Illinois is not just coming home but an opportunity to return to NIU and give back to the university that gave me so much.”

Source: NIU Today

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