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People in the News: Jan 21, 2009

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Robert MacWright has resigned as executive director of the University of Virginia Patent Foundation, the university said this week.

MacWright, who will remain with UVPF through January, will become a partner in the Washington, DC, office of law firm Frommer Lawrence & Haug.

Prior to joining UVPF, MacWright served as an associate attorney in the IP department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom; and as a legal intern and associate attorney in the IP department of Kenyon & Kenyon. Prior to this, he was associate director and then director of the Rutgers University Office of Corporate Liaison and Technology Transfer.

He holds a joint PhD in biochemistry from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; and a law degree from Rutgers. He is also a registered US patent attorney.

UVPF said that Marie Kerbeshian, associate director of the foundation, has been named interim executive director and CEO of UVPF, while a search is conducted to find a permanent successor to MacWright.

Kerbeshian joined UVPF in 1998 and has served as associate director since 2006. She conducted her postdoc at UVA and earned a PhD in zoology from the University of Texas.

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