Executive Director Search: Technology Commercialization
The Office of the Vice President for Research has commenced the search for an Executive Director of Technology Commercialization to join its leadership team. This senior leader is responsible for managing the technology commercialization activities for the University of Minnesota through directing patenting, licensing, incubation and supporting activities. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to direct the overall strategic direction, management, and administration of the technology commercialization operations for the five University of Minnesota campuses and the University’s collaborative research centers throughout the state.
Interested candidates should email a resume to our consultant at the Vortechs Group:
About Technology Commercialization
University of Minnesota Technology Commercialization facilitates the transfer of University technology and ideas to licensee companies--both established and startup--for the development of new products and services that benefit the public good, foster economic growth, and generate revenue to support the University's mission. See the 2018 Annual Report on Technology Commercialization.
The University holds 900 patents and 1,800 current licenses for UMN technology in medicine and health, biotechnology, chemistry, engineering, agriculture, and other fields important to society and the economy. Since 2006, the University has spun out more than 150 startup companies.
Recipients of Technology Commercialization's 2019 Innovation Award: Committee’s Choice: Kenneth Beckman, U of M Genomics Center; Daryl Gohl, U of M Genomics Center; Dan Knights, College of Science and Engineering
About The University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota, with its five campuses (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, Morris, and Crookston), statewide research and outreach centers (including the Hormel Institute and the Natural Resources Research Institute) and its nationally recognized programs, ranks among the most comprehensive and prestigious universities in the United States. It is both the state’s land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public service, and a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation.
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The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Learn more about diversity at the University of Minnesota.
The search committee is working with the Vortechs Group search firm and held their first meeting 08/09/19. Updates of the committee's activities will be posted here.
Search Committee Members
Allison Hubel, Chair
Professor, College of Science and Engineering
Fernando Bucaro, Vice Chair
Finance Director, Office of the Vice President for Research
Senior Marketing Manager, Technology Commercialization
CEO and President, Startec Investments
Associate VP and CIO, Office of Investment and Banking
Assoc Dean for Research and Policy, College of Education and Human Development
Executive Director, Natural Resources Research Institute (UMD)
Professor, Medical School