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Curriculum Vitae


Master of Regional Planning (Economic Development) – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979)

Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) ‑‑ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1976)

University Management Development Program ‑‑ UNC‑Chapel Hill School of Business Administration (May 1986)



Vice President for Business Development

Summary of Duties:

  • Reporting to CEO through COO, with direct access and reporting to Board of Trustees, serve as chief business development officer for Scripps.
  • Serve as primary Scripps liaison in managing a five-year, $100 million research collaboration master agreement with Pfizer Inc.
  • Primary point person for marketing Scripps research and innovation capacities to the biomedical, pharmaceutical, and related sectors.
  • Recruit, manage and lead the technology transfer, intellectual property, licensing and start-up company business development staff for Scripps California and for Scripps Florida's brand new operation. (Scripps invention disclosure rate is 250 disclosures per year on a research base of $350M, making it the highest invention disclosure rate per million dollars of research in the US).
  • Develop collaborative programs and business development partnership opportunities with other research, venture capital, and industry groups in the San Diego region, throughout California, nationally, and internationally.
  • Develop partnership programs and business development and licensing relationships with university, government and private sector entities and economic development officials in Florida in association with the newly launched Scripps Florida facility.
  • Represent Scripps Institute (and its President) in interactions with international groups seeking to develop collaborations and partnerships with the institution.
  • Responsible for negotiating solutions to intellectual property inventorship disputes, ownership disputes, inter-institutional pooling or "bundling", and related arrangements.

Highlights/Accomplishments while at Scripps:

  • Successful initial presentation of technology transfer strategy to Scripps Board of Trustees in February 2009 after 6 weeks on job.
  • Successfully recruited an outstanding Director of the Office of Technology Development (reports directly) in less than 1month on the job.
  • Closed deal for a $30M, 5-year partnership between Scripps and Korean government authorities (province, city and university) to form the Scripps-Korea Antibody Research Institute to be located Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, Korea.
  • Nearing completion of major revamping of the invention reporting, biological material transfer, and research collaboration management processes between Scripps and Pfizer.
  • 55 license agreements between Scripps and Pfizer have entered into the negotiation process since February 2009; 4 start-up companies launched since beginning of 2009; major discussions underway for institute-wide strategic partnerships with two bio/pharma firms.
  • As part of fund raising strategy to support business development at Scripps, currently negotiating with a royalty monetization firm to convert into a lump sum payment Scripps' royalty stream in a major drug for multiple sclerosis scheduled to hit the market in mid to late 2010.
  • Initiated collaboration between Scripps and Rady School of Management at UC-San Diego to provide Scripps technology projects for market assessments by MBA students in Rady's "Lab to Market" course sequence.
  • Invited speaker at National Governors Association Conference on "Maximizing Returns on State R&D Investments" held June 24-26, 2009, in San Francisco.
  • 1 of 24 US experts invited to participate in March 2009 international seminar entitled "What Industry Wants from Universities: A Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Seminar" at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Invited to become Chair of the Technology Transfer Committee for BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization)
  • Invited to serve on Board of Directors for CONNECT.


Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development and Technology Transfer (2002 – 2008)

Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, Office of Technology Development (2000 – 2002)

Adjunct Instructor, Kenan-Flagler School of Business (2001 – present)

Summary of Duties:

  • Administrative responsibility for Office of Technology Development, Office of Economic and Business Development, and Carolina North (research campus).
  • Responsible for research business development by creating business friendly environment, practices, and policies to enhance research collaboration and technology transfer opportunities between UNC-Chapel Hill and corporate/foundation partners.
  • Serve as program planning and business development coordinator for the Carolina North project (a proposed 1,000 acre university-industry research community), including major liaison role with local, regional and state elected officials, with Chambers of Commerce, with regional and state economic development officials, and with business and industry engaged – currently or prospectively – with UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Develop research, business development, and engagement partnerships for UNC with local, regional, statewide, national, and international boards, committees, initiatives, foundations, and special projects focusing on the university's role in technology-based economic development and engagement.

Highlights / Accomplishments while at UNC:

  • Major international business development and technology transfer experience; most recent project involved developing business plan for a proposed joint Ph.D. and research program between UNC School of Pharmacy and the National University of Singapore Department of Pharmacy (preliminary plan calls for 30-50 new UNC faculty in Singapore; value of deal estimate between US $400 and $500 million.
  • Developed concept plan, attracted blue chip private sector partner, and completed proposal for the Carolina Innovation Center, conceived as a major public-private partnership between UNC and a large west-coast developer and investment firm, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. The Innovation Center will be an 85,000 square feet center for launching, incubating and accelerating start-up companies based on Carolina technologies. Alexandria will build and manage the Center at its cost; the university will donate the land under a lease at $1/year; and the university and its partner will jointly raise and manage a seed investment fund (targeting $25M US).
  • Hosted meeting on UNC campus of the UK House of Commons Select Committee on the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
  • 2006 "Patent Power" study ranked UNC-Chapel Hill number 10 in the US in patent impact. (source: 1790 Analytics, Inc., an economic development consulting firm).
  • As of June 2008, 43 start-up companies launched out of UNC-Chapel Hill since 2000. License deal flow has ranged from 40 to 75 per year. Annual royalty income has ranged from $2.5 million to $4 million; stock portfolio has grown exponentially in number of shares and number of companies (37 companies; university share ranges from 2% to 10% of shares in each company).
  • Launched a corporate research steering team seeking to promote key areas for strategic research partnerships between UNC-Chapel Hill researchers and the private sector (companies, foundations, others).
  • Co-presented and coordinated public "roll-out" of 50-year, 8.4 million square feet Conceptual Plan for Carolina North (see
  • Authored "white paper" leading to formation of a UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Economic and Business Development to provide outreach and economic development expertise to small businesses and communities throughout North Carolina.
  • Initiated monthly Technology Commercialization Seminar Series for UNC faculty and local entrepreneurial and business community (with sponsorship from local law firms, venture groups, and entrepreneurs.)
  • OTD co-sponsored and co-led the highly acclaimed "Launching the Venture" course in collaboration with Kenan-Flagler School of Business and sponsorship of the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative.
  • OTD was invited by the Kauffman Foundation to be one of seven universities participating in pilot deployment of the iBridge program, a web-based method of facilitating identification, access, and transactions involving university innovations.
  • Elected President-Elect (2004) and President (2005) of Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the major international professional organization for technology transfer. Just completing three-year term on AUTM Board of Trustees associated with my term as President. AUTM highlights during my year as President include recruiting and hiring AUTM's first ever Executive Director; the adoption of AUTM's first ever five-year strategic business plan; a decision to create the AUTM Foundation, an AUTM subsidiary organization whose purpose is to raise funds via grants and collaborations to support AUTM's mission; significant expansion of AUTM's international profile, including assisting in the launch of AUTM partner organizations in India and Eurasia; publication of "The Better World Report", a summary of university innovations which have made a notable impact on human health, the environment, information technology, economic opportunity, or a combination of the foregoing. "The Better World Report" recently won the "MarCom Creative Gold Award" for outstanding achievement (this award is given by the International Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.
  • Invited as sole technology transfer practitioner to participate and present at roundtable session (spring 2006) of the National Governors Association focusing on NGA's agenda for innovation-based economic development.
  • Invited in August 2006 to become chair of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Commercialization Advisory Board.
  • Invited to present the BIO/AUTM's inaugural BioInnovation Award to former Senator Birch Bayh at June 2005 BIO International Convention.
  • Invited keynote speaker to 10 international conferences in the past year – on behalf of AUTM and of UNC.
  • Co-PI for recent submission of NSF "Partnerships for Innovation" proposal, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and others, for the development of a "Shared Knowledge and Intellectual Property Framework" which will serve as a tool for creating an economic development portal for universities.
  • Coordinated proposal preparation and participated in site visit resulting in award by the Kauffman Foundation to UNC-Chapel Hill to fund the "Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative" – designed to infuse entrepreneurship throughout the curriculum and management of the university.
  • Featured in in-depth interviews in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) (March 2006) and in The Kauffman Foundation's Thought Book 2005.


Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, Office of Technology Transfer and Industry Research

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Business Management, College of Management

Highlights / Accomplishments while at NC State:

  • Built technology transfer office from one staff member to 14 from 1992 to 2000.
  • Developed and implemented a business proposal to incorporate into the technology transfer office full responsibility for corporate research partnership development, industry-affiliates programs for research centers, and negotiation of all corporate research agreements.
  • In 2000 and 2001, NC State's Office of Technology Transfer ranked in top 4 universities nationally in licenses, license income, spin outs, and economic development benefits.
  • Co-founded a $10 million venture capital fund (Centennial Venture Partners) focused on start-up companies affiliated with NC State University, with 100% of the $10 million fund raised from university foundations and endowments
  • Served on Centennial Campus Steering Group (Centennial Campus is NC State's 1,000 acre university-industry partnership campus). Developed case for support for numerous NC State start-ups to Centennial Campus for space needs and partnership development.
  • Co-founded new business incubator facility (known as the Entrepreneurial Development Center @ NC State) on the Centennial Campus.
  • Licensing income increased during my tenure from $1.5million in 1992 to almost $7.8 million in fiscal 1999; equity holdings increased from 2 companies to 14 companies; patent rankings have ranged from 13th in U.S. to 8th in U.S.

DUKE UNIVERSITY (1987 – 1992)

Director, Office of Technology Transfer


Associate Director, Arthritis Research Center, School of Medicine

TOURO INFIRMARY (New Orleans, Louisiana) (1984 – 1985)

Assistant Director for Planning


Assistant Director, Arthritis Research Center, School of Medicine (1983 – 1984)

Education Consultant, Rehabilitation Program, School of Medicine (1980 – 1983)


Director of Programs


National and International

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

The AUTM Foundation – President, Board of Directors (2007 – present)

AUTM President, Board of Trustees, 2005

AUTM President-elect, Board of Trustees, 2004

Vice President, Eastern Region, 1995-1997

Member, Board of Trustees, 1995-1997; 2004 – 2007

Chair, International Members Committee, 1999

BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization)

Technology Transfer Committee, 2002 – present; Co-Chair, 2009 - present

National Science Foundation – Partnerships for Innovation Program – Study Section/Review Team Member, 2009

University-Industry Demonstration Project (UIDP), National Academies of Sciences

Board Member (2007 – present)

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Chair, National Commercialization Advisory Board (2006-present)

Finger Lakes Partnership (New York) WIRED Initiative (Workforce Innovation for Regional Economic Development, US Department of Commerce)

Member, National Advisory Board (2006-present)

University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK

Member, International Advisory Board on Innovation and Economic Development (2003-present)

National Academies of Sciences

Committee on Industrial Outsourcing of R&D in Russia, 2004-present

Committee on Utilization of Technologies Developed at Russian Research and Educational Institutions, 1997 – 1998

The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)

Advisory Board, 2004 - present

Upstate Alliance for Innovation (an NSF-funded "Partnership for Innovation" program), SUNY-Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, and University of Rochester – Member, Innovation Policy Board / Board of Directors, 2000 – present

Licensing Executives Society (1987 ‑ present)

State and Regional

CONNECT (San Diego's entrepreneurial support and networking organization) –Member, Board of Directors, 2009 – present

Research Triangle Regional Partnership (13-county regional economic development agency for North Carolina region containing Research Triangle Park) – Member, Board of Directors, 2005 – 2009; Executive Committee, 2006 – 2009

Orange County Economic Development Board – Commission Member (Appointed by Orange County Board of Commissioners), Hillsborough, NC – (May 2005 – 2009)

North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Research Triangle Park, NC – Member, Board of Directors, (2003 – 2009); Co-Chaired the "Entrepreneurial Companies" working group in conjunction with a North Carolina Governor's Office initiative to develop a Statewide Strategic Plan for Biotechnology in North Carolina.

Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), Research Triangle Park, NC – Member, Board of Directors (2002 – 2009)

NC BIO (biotechnology industry trade organization for North Carolina) – Member, Board of Directors (2000 – 2005)

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce - Council for a Sustainable Economy, Member (2003 – 2009); Member, Economic Development Committee, 2007 – 2009)


University of Tennessee Office of the Vice President for Research – Consultant (December 2008)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Consulting Review Panel on Innovation-Based Economic Development for the Governor and University System of South Dakota (May 2008 – present)

University of Alabama at Birmingham – Consultant (October 2007)

University of Missouri International Technology Commercialization Institute – Consultant (on-site in Moscow, Russia), (September 2007)

Los Alamos National Laboratory – Consultant on technology transfer and regional economic development (August 2006, January 2007, May 2007, August 2007)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Consulting Review Panel on Technology Commercialization Projects for the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Initiative (May 2002 – 2007)

Visiting Lecturer, Monash University, Melbourne Australia. (April 11-15, 2005)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Technical Review Committee for Technology Transfer Initiatives at Historically Minority Serving Institutions (including site visit teams to the University of Puerto Rico and to Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University) (2004 – 2006)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Expert Program Evaluation Panel for the University of Missouri System (2003)

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., Member, Advisory Board (Member, 2001 – present)

University of Rochester Medical Center Board of Trustees, August 2002

Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, Expert Witness on behalf of MCNC in Patent Related Litigation (Dhuler et al. v. MCNC), November 2001 - April 2002

University of Virginia Alumni Patents Foundation – Consultant and Speaker to Board of Directors Planning Retreat, March 2002

University of North Carolina at Greensboro Research Enterprise Committee, November 2001

University of Texas at Austin Office of Resource Development, September 2001

Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc., External Review Team, February 2001

University of Maine Office of Industrial Liaison, June 2000


Co-PI, NSF Grant to University of North Carolina Office of the President entitled "North Carolina Technology Development Initiative: A Novel Approach to Assess, Disseminate and Test a University/Venture Capital/Incubator Partnership Model for Technology-Based Business" (2001 – 2003).

Co-PI, NSF Grant to Michigan Technological University entitled "Implementing a Knowledge Management Infrastructure" (2001 - 2004).

Crowell WM. "Commercializing University Technology." Chapter in Technology Commercialization: Russian Challenges, American Lessons. National Academy Press, Washington DC, 1998.

Crowell WM. "Documentation of Inventions." Chapter in the Technology Transfer Practice Manual. Association of University of Technology Managers, Inc., Norwalk, CT, February 1994; revised and reissued 2003.


"Unique and Creative Collaborative Mechanisms." Invited panel presentation at the BIO Investor Forum Technology Transfer Symposium, San Francisco, CA, October 2009.

"Innovation in Innovation Management." Invited presentation to the annual meeting of the Association of Independent Research Institutes, Seattle, WA, October 2009.

"State Innovation Investments: University and Research Institute Perspectives." Invited presentation to the National Governors Association Conference on "Maximizing Returns on State R&D Investments", San Francisco, CA June 2009.

"Talking with Upper Administration about Technology Transfer." Invited presentation to the Association of University Managers (AUTM) Annual Meeting, February 2009.

"The Evolving Role of University Technology Transfer Offices in the Innovation Economy." Invited presentation to the Young Entrepreneurs' Initiatives, French Government Ministries of Education and of Research July 2008.

"University Innovation Capacity and Economic Development." Invited presentation to the National University of Singapore June 2008.

Invited expert witness to hearings held by Washington (State) Legislature Joint Committees on Higher Education and on Technology, Energy and Communications October 2007.

Invited sole lecturer for two-day "Technology Transfer Seminar" sponsored by the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Government of Thailand, Bangkok October 2007.

Co-Convener and Lecturer, "Technology Commercialisation Seminar", Moscow, Russia September 2007.

"From Mind to Market: The Evolving Role of University Technology Transfer Offices
in the Innovation Economy." Invited presentation to the Council on Outreach and Technology Transfer, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant College and Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City MO June 2007.

"Intellectual Property Policies in Research Institutions: Best Practices." Course faculty for week-long technology transfer capacity building and licensing training course, sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Istanbul, Turkey June 2007.

"The Role of Technology Transfer in Economic Development: A View from RTP and from the World." Invited keynote presentation to the Keystone Innovation Zones Annual Meeting, Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania April 2007.

"Using Coalitions to Support Technology Policies and Funding." Invited Presentation to the Association of University Research Parks Washington Summit, Washington DC, March 2007.

"Case Studies of Innovative Approaches to University-Industry Research Collaborations." Invited presentation and moderator at Annual Meeting of Association of University Technology Managers, San Francisco CA, March 2007.

"The Role of Technology Transfer in Innovation Cluster Development." Invited presentation to the Franco-American Conference on Competitive Clusters, sponsored by the French Ministries for Industry and for Research and by the Attaché for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in Washington. Toulouse, France, February 2007.

"Facilitating Faculty Start-Up Companies: From Launch to ??? (Case Studies)." Invited presentation to fall conference of National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), Washington DC, November 2006.

"New Trends in Commercialization and Intellectual Property Rights." Invited presentation to SSTI Annual Meeting, Oklahoma City OK, October 2006

"Knowledge Transfer and Economic Development: The Role of the Engaged University in the 21st Century." Keynote address to the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council Annual Meeting, Ithaca NY, June 2006.

"Match Made in Heaven? Challenges and Benefits of University-Industry Partnerships." Keynote presentation to Weizmann Institute Technology Transfer Forum, BioIsrael, Jerusalem, Israel, June 2006.

"From Lab to Market: The Evolving Role of Universities in Knowledge Transfer and Economic Development." Invited presentation to the U.S. Congress Forum on Technology and Innovation, Council on Competitiveness, Washington DC, May 2006.

"Technology Licensing and Commercialization at UNC and Beyond: Key Success Factors. Keynote address at Korean Technology Transfer Center, Seoul, Korea, March 2006.

"Optimizing Academic and Industry Partnerships." Invited presentation to national Conference of the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), March 2006.

"Bayh-Dole at 25 Years Old: Where Have We Been and What Can We Expect?" Keynote address to International Patent Licensing Seminar, Tokyo, Japan, January 2006.

"Embedding Entrepreneurship at Carolina: New Approaches." Invited presentation to SSTI Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 2005.

"Models of University-Industry Collaboration". Keynote address to Symposium on Academic-Industry Cooperation, Taipei, Taiwan, September 2005

"An Examination of Technology Transfer's Value to Economic Development". Keynote address to the Technology Commercialisation Forum, Singapore, September 2005. (Also interviewed on CNBC Asia in conjunction with keynote role at this conference.)

"Managing Institutional Expectations in Technology Transfer." Invited presentation (with Mary Walshok) to Association of Science and Technology Professionals (ASTP) Conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May 2005.

"Best Practices in University-Related Angel Partnering". Invited presentation to the World Research Group's Conference on "Mid-America Technology Commercialization and Financing," Chicago, IL, May 2005.

"From Invention to Marketplace – The Players Along the Road…". Presentation to the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Spring Meeting, Research Triangle Park, NC, May 2005.

"Strategies for Development of Technology Transfer Professionals." Keynote address to conference (sponsored by US AID and Cornell-in-India) entitled Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Transfer: Licensing and Commercialization Strategies. Mussoorie, India, April 2005.

"The Expanding Role of University Technology Transfer in the US." Keynote address to the International Technology Transfer Seminar, Seoul, South Korea, March 2005.

"Bayh-Dole and University Research Commercialization: Past, Present, and Future." Presentation to the Association of American Universities (AAU) Council of Federal Relations, Tucson, Arizona, January 2005.

"The Odd Couple: Academia and Economic Development." Keynote address to BIO-MED 2004 (economic development/venture capital conference for US mid-Atlantic region), December 2004.

"The Expanding Role of Technology Transfer: A View from AUTM, UNC-Chapel Hill and Research Triangle Park." Keynote address to the annual conference of Knowledge Commercialisation Australia (KCS), Sydney, Australia, November 2004.

"The Expanding Role of the Research University in Facilitating Economic Development:
A View from UNC-Chapel Hill and RTP." Invited presentation to the annual conference of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC), San Diego, CA, November 2004.

"From Research to Technology Transfer: Strategies for Linking Basic Research with Industry Needs in Russia. Invited paper for conference entitled Innovating for Profit in Russia, A Joint Workshop of the US National Academies and the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ekaterinburg, Russia, October 2004.

"Management of Technology Transfer in the US: The State of the Art." Keynote address to the inaugural Asia/Pacific Technology Transfer Forum, Tokyo, Japan, October 2004.

"Research Parks and Economic Development: A View from Research Triangle Park, NC". Keynote presentation for Maharashtra (India) Biotech Day, and for Inaugural Ceremony for International Biotech Park, Mumbai (Bombay), India, November 2003.

"Research Universities as Tools for Economic Development". Keynote presentation to the Enterprise in Action Forum, White Rose Centre for Enterprise, Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York, York, England, November 2003.

"Global Issues in Developing Hi-Tech Businesses: The Research Triangle Park Experience." Keynote presentation at the 48th World Conference of the International Council for Small Business, Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 2003.

"Technology-Based Economic Development." Invited presentation to the UK House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee visiting Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, January 2003.

"University Technology Innovation and Economic Development in Research Triangle Park." Keynote speaker at Conference of Oregon Universities on Technology-Based Economic Development, Corvallis Oregon, November 2002.

"Research Parks: Clusters that Work!" Guest speaker at the "Innovation Saskatchewan" Conference, University of Saskatchewan Campus, Saskatoon Canada, October 2002.

"University Technology Transfer in 2002: An Update from Your American Cousins." Invited lecture to the annual meeting of the Association of University Research and Industry Links (AURIL), Dublin Ireland, March 2002.