The Salk Institute (La Jolla, CA) announced today that a new Executive Director, Robert MacWright, has been appointed. Macwright will oversee the Salk Institute Office of Technology Development starting March 14th.
"Robert's strategic and academic experience will be a huge asset to the Salk," said William R. Brody, President, Salk Institute in a statement. "His deep understanding of basic research, academia and industry is unique and he is poised to take our Technology Transfer to new heights."
Dr. MacWright's background is in academic technology transfer. For the last twelve years he was Executive Director of the University of Virginia Patent Foundation, where he spearheaded an expansion and modernization of its patent and licensing activities. He also led the creation of a subsidiary that supported faculty start-up companies, and the creation of a local angel investment fund. He previously led the creation and development of technology transfer programs at Rutgers University, and served as Executive Director of the Rutgers University Office of Corporate Liaison and Technology Transfer.
"The Office of Technology Management and Development plays a significant role in Salk's ability to advance basic research into the marketplace. Robert's energy and advocacy come at a crucial time. We look forward to his leadership," said Marsha Chandler, Executive Vice President, Salk Institute.