University of Arkansas Reorganizes Technology Licensing Office

by Mark Carter  on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 10:18 am  

The University of Arkansas has reorganized its technology licensing office, it announced Monday, renaming it Technology Ventures and creating a new patent office for its Division of Agriculture.

Jeff Amerine, Innovate Arkansas advisor and former technology licensing officer for the UA, is the new director of technology licensing. Lisa Childs, associate vice provost for research and economic development, will assume a full-time role as manager of intellectual property for the Division of Agriculture.

The UA's flagship Fayetteville campus and the Division of Agriculture shared the technology licensing office since 2006. University officials said research efforts at the Division of Agriculture have grown substantially in recent years, and giving each entity its own commercialization path will strengthen research efforts all around.

The UA Division of Agriculture is that part of the statewide UA System that includes the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the UA Cooperative Extension Service.

Amerine is a serial entrepreneur, creator of the popular Gone in 60 Seconds elevator pitch contest, and an entrepreneurship instructor in the UA's renowned Walton Business College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a bachelor's degree in physical science in 1984. Amerine holds a master's degree in operations management from the UA.

"I've never been more optimistic about the UofA's potential to become a world-class engine for research commercialization and new venture creation," he said.

Childs holds a doctorate in genetics from North Carolina State and a law degree from Loyola-Chicago.

The UA will maintain a single patent and copyright committee for now with plans to establish a separate one for the Division of Agriculture.



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