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Patrick Jones, Katharine Ku, John Craighead, Irena Melnikova, Mark Ellison, Alan Kirschoff

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The Licensing Executives Society said last week that is has named Patrick Jones, Katharine Ku, and John Craighead to the board of governors for LES’ Certified Licensing Professional program.
 
Jones is currently director of the University of Arizona Office of Technology Transfer. Ku is director of the Office of Technology Licensing at Stanford University. Craighead is director of investor relations and business development for the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
 
LES said that this month is the CLP program’s one-year anniversary, and that nearly 700 licensing professionals have earned the CLP credential, which involves meeting specific education and experience requirements and passing an exam covering eight key areas of IP licensing.
 

 
TVM Capital said last week that Irena Melnikova has joined the firm’s life science team in Boston as a senior associate. Melnikova will assist the team with US-based life science investments and due diligence.
 
Prior to joining TVM, Melnikova worked for Leerink Swann as a member of the biopharma investment banking group. She has also held positions at Life Science Insights, a subsidiary of IDC; and at TransForm Pharmaceuticals (now part of Johnson & Johnson).
 
Melnikova holds a PhD in molecular medicine and molecular biology from the University of Texas and an MS in chemical engineering from the Russian University of Chemical Technology.
 

 
Mark Ellison, the founding director of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, has accepted the position of vice chancellor for economic development of the Texas A&M University System, the Austin Business Journal reported last week.
 
The ABJ also reported that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Alan Kirschoff to replace Ellison at TETF.

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