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Alan Paau, Tim Gerrity, Mike Poterala, John Schwarz

Alan Paau has been named to the newly created position of vice provost for technology transfer and economic development at Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell said recently.
Previously, Paau was assistant vice chancellor for technology transfer and intellectual property services at the University of California, San Diego, since 1998. He has also served as executive director of the Iowa State University Research Foundation, and associate director of the Ohio State University Biotechnology Center.

The Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization at California State University, San Bernardino, last week announced the appointment of Tim Gerrity as director.
Gerrity most recently was president and CEO of Noventus Medical, a Worcester, Mass.-based tech-transfer firm he founded. Gerrity has also worked for the University of Illinois at Chicago, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Veteran Affairs, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Michigan State University recently said that associate general counsel Mike Poterala has been named as the first executive director of MSU’s newly created Office of Inventions and Copyrights.
Poterola joined MSU in 1998 following ten years of private practice in law. At MSU, he has had primary responsibility for legal matters relating to intellectual property and technology transfer.
MSU recently reorganized its Office of Intellectual Property and changed its name to the Office of Inventions and Copyrights. The office will partner with MSU’s new MSU Technologies unit, “developed in consultation with faculty to create a multidisciplinary business organization that will provide commercial talent and leadership to transfer MSU’s technology discoveries to industry,” MSU said in a statement.

MichBio, Michigan’s trade association for the life science industry, said recently that former Congressman John Schwarz was elected to MichBio’s board of directors.
Schwarz, a practicing physician in Battle Creek, represented Michigan’s 7th Congressional district in the US House of Representatives from 2004 to 2006. He served as a member of the Michigan Senate from 1987 to 2002, and mayor of Battle Creek from 1984 to 1986. He received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MD from Wayne State University.
MichBio is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to driving growth of the life sciences industry in Michigan.

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