News Release: Research
Mar. 21, 2011
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Appoints Emory Director as President-Elect
The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) has appointed Todd Sherer, PhD, as president-elect of the AUTM Board of Directors. The announcement was made at the recent annual meeting of AUTM, a national association for academic technology transfer professionals.
Sherer is associate vice president for research and director of technology transfer at Emory University, a position he has held since 2003.
“Todd Sherer has done an outstanding job in guiding Emory’s Office of Technology Transfer to a national leadership position that is a model for successful commercialization of university technologies,” says James Wagner, PhD, president of Emory University. “Universities, industry and government have all come to respect the process of technology transfer, when carried out appropriately, as an effective pathway to bringing discoveries more rapidly to the public.”
Over the past two decades technology transfer at Emory has resulted in more than $788 million in licensing revenues from drugs, diagnostics, devices and consumer products. Emory has launched 51 start-up companies and has more than 50 products in various stages of development or regulatory approval, with 27 having reached the marketplace and 12 more in human clinical trials.
For more information about the Emory University Office of Technology Transfer: http://www.ott.emory.edu
“As a longstanding volunteer for AUTM, I am honored to take on this important role representing academic technology transfer and the profession,” says Sherer. “Universities can and should continue to play a significant role in bringing discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace, where they can benefit the greater community.”
Sherer has been a technology transfer professional for more than 20 years. Before coming to Emory, he directed the Office of Technology and Research Collaborations at Oregon Health & Science University. He earned his doctorate in toxicology and molecular biology in 1991 from Washington State University. He became a registered patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1995.
The Association of University Technology Managers is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of more than 3,000 technology managers and business executives. AUTM members — managers of intellectual property, one of the most active growth sectors of the global economy — come from more than 300 universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals as well as numerous businesses and government organizations.