Linden Rhoads will become the new vice provost for technology transfer at the University of Washington on Aug. 14, UW said last week.
Rhoads has been involved in multiple Seattle-area startup companies, either as co-founder, active director, or interim CEO. These companies include ChiliSoft (acquired by Sun Microsystems); SingingFish.com (acquired by Thomson Multimedia, and subsequently, AOL); AdRelevance (acquired by Media Metrix, and Nielsen Netratings), and Nimble Technology, a tech-transfer company based on computer science and engineering research at UW.
Rhoads, who also holds a law degree from UW, replaces Jim Severson, who stepped down on June 2 to join an undisclosed startup company. David Brown, director of finance and business operations for UW TechTransfer, has served as interim vice provost since June 3.
Mark Collar has joined Cincinnati, Ohio-based life sciences venture capital firm Triathlon Medical Ventures as a venture partner.
Collar retired last year as president of Procter & Gamble's global pharmaceuticals and personal health division.
Collar began his career at P&G in 1975 as a sales representative, and advanced through positions of increasing responsibility to eventually reach the pharmaceuticals division in 1994 and become president of global pharmaceuticals in 2002. He assumed additional responsibility for P&G’s global personal health business three years later.
Collar currently is chairman of the Third Frontier Advisory Board, which provides direction for Ohio's $1.6 billion economic development investment fund, through appointment by Gov. Ted Strickland. He is also vice chairman of BioOhio, the state’s life sciences industry group. Collar was recently named to the board of directors of Ohio-based AtriCure, a publicly traded medical device company, and also serves on the research committee of the board of trustees for Cincinnati Children's Hospital.