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Innovate Calgary appoints new licensing vice-president

UToday HomeApril 22, 2013

Ken Porter, PhD, will lead Innovate Calgary’s licensing team and commercialization activities while providing strategic guidance to the management team.Ken Porter, PhD, will lead Innovate Calgary’s licensing team and commercialization activities while providing strategic guidance to the management team.Leadership continues to grow at Innovate Calgary with the appointment of Ken Porter, PhD, as vice-president, licensing.

Porter’s extensive career in technology commercialization will significantly contribute to the organization’s mandate in becoming a leader in technology transfer, licensing and company creation for southern Alberta’s advanced technology sector.

Porter has more than 15 years of experience, including leadership in technology commercialization. During his career he has supported technology management, developed gap-funding programs and created institutional, entrepreneurial and research networks that support the management of intellectual property and commercialization.

Reporting to Innovate Calgary’s president, Peter Garrett, Porter will be responsible for leading Innovate Calgary’s licensing team and commercialization activities while providing strategic guidance to the management team. Additionally, his role will be instrumental in continuing to build upon the collaborative relationships within the University of Calgary’s research community and Calgary’s technology eco-system.

“I am pleased to welcome Ken to our team. This appointment reflects our commitment to becoming a leader in Canada’s technology eco-system through actively attracting and recruiting experts in the field,” explains Garrett. “In order to continue to advance our mandate, as championed by our shareholders, the right leadership needs to be in place. I am confident that this addition will aid us in realizing our goals and focus on delivering valuable services and results to the technology community.”

Porter began his career in intellectual property as a researcher working with a team of chemists inventing a DNA sequencing technology for the Human Genome Sequencing Project at Duke University. He entered the technology transfer profession at Duke prior to moving to the University of Colorado to lead re-building of the tech transfer office at CU-Boulder. From CU, he relocated to San Antonio as the founding director for the first multi-institutional tech transfer office at the University of Texas.

“Joining the team at Innovate Calgary is a unique opportunity. They are driven to be a leader and have the support from their partners to achieve this,” explains Porter. “I am confident that we can bring Innovate Calgary to the forefront of innovation for Calgary and southern Alberta, putting us on the map as an industry leader.”

Innovate Calgary’s licensing team evaluates, protects, markets and licenses inventions created by researchers at the University of Calgary, independent inventors and small and medium sized companies taking invention through to industry.

 

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