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Cornell Tech has chosen entrepreneur and researcher Israel Cidon to serve as director of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute.

Cidon most recently served as vice president and researcher at VMware Research, where he worked on high-performance global networks that bridged the Internet of Things, data centers, public clouds and more. He has also co-founded multiple tech companies and served as dean of the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

In his new role at Cornell Tech, Cidon will lead the Jacobs Institute’s efforts to grow its translational research portfolio, its innovative dual-degree programs, and its commitment to inclusive entrepreneurship.

“Professor Cidon has led groundbreaking research, co-founded several successful start-ups and developed 65 U.S. patents covering aspects of data networks including mobility, packet switching, security, internet and beyond,” says Greg Morrisett, vice provost of Cornell Tech. “His extensive expertise, start-up and industrial research experience — including at VMWare, one of Silicon Valley’s leading companies — will be fundamental to advancing the Jacobs Institute’s mission of offering a global perspective on research, education, technology transfer, commercialization and entrepreneurship.”

Cidon comments, “The Jacobs Institute represents the academic partnership between Cornell University and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology at Cornell Tech. It’s a privilege to succeed Ron Brachman as director of the Jacobs Institute and build upon Ron’s leadership, furthering the institute’s innovative approach to research and industry partnership.”

Source: Cornell Chronicle

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NCInnovation, a university tech transfer group backed by $500 million from the state of North Carolina, has chosen Michelle Bolas, former head of research commercialization at UNC Chapel Hill, to serve as chief innovation officer.

NCInnovation has also hired four “Regional Network Directors” to help spearhead its efforts, including Mary Lou Bourne, former director of innovation and tech transfer at James Madison University; Louis Judge, who led economic development efforts at Alamance Community College and spent 13 years as a senior licensing associate at NC A&T State University; Meagan Coneybeer, former director of mentorship and research at the NC School of Science and Math; and Derrick Welch, who previously served as Chief of Staff at the New Mexico Department of Education.

“This marks the next step in implementing NCInnovation’s model to commercialize university research, says Bennet Waters, CEO of the Durham-based group. “The UNC System is second-to-none, and our job is to help translate university research into economic output.”

Source: WRAL Tech Wire

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The University of Cambridge (UK) has chosen Gerard Grech, former CEO of start-up accelerator Tech Nation, to lead a new initiative aimed at supporting university spinouts.

Backed by the university’s commercialization arm Cambridge Enterprise, the Founders at the University of Cambridge initiative will connect researchers, entrepreneurs, alumni, and mentors to help Cambridge start-ups bring university technologies to the marketplace.

“I firmly believe significant technological innovation will emerge from the University of Cambridge and its surrounding ecosystem over the coming years,” says Grech. “Creating fertile pathways for our top innovators to bring their game-changing solutions to market is vital, and I couldn’t be more excited to be leading Founders at the University of Cambridge at this pivotal moment.”

Debbie Prentice, vice chancellor of the university, comments, “The launch of Founders at the University of Cambridge demonstrates the university’s commitment to societal impact through entrepreneurship. Gerard Grech’s appointment will offer us the right mix of leadership and experience in the field of technological innovation.”

Source: UKTN

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