Thursday, August 23, 2012

TTO Head David Allen to Direct Tech Launch Arizona

David N. Allen, CU Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer, is leaving the University of Colorado to become the executive director of Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), the new technology commercialization center formed at the University of Arizona. Allen will report to University President Ann Weaver Hart as part of her cabinet. TLA includes the offices of technology transfer, corporate and business relations, as well as several business incubators and an extensive research park. Allen will assume TLA duties in Tucson on September 4, 2012.

Allen has headed the CU Technology Transfer Office since 2002, when he implemented a strategic plan designed to grow CU's pipeline of commercially-relevant technologies, establish best practices for licensing congruent with CU's national stature as a research institution, and achieve financial self-sustainability of the CU technology transfer operation. Says Allen: "My decade in Colorado was productive and enjoyable, and I'm confident that TTO staff will continue to deliver great service to CU faculty inventors and the business community."

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