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Gail Norris Named Vice President, General Counsel!

gail_norris (1)Gail M. Norris has been named vice president and general counsel for the University of Rochester, President Joel Seligman announced today. Norris’ appointment, effective Jan. 1, is the result of a national search that began following the announcement of Sue Stewart’s retirement, effective Dec. 31.

“University Trustee Bob Witmer and I conducted an extensive search for a new general counsel, and Gail stood out in a field of exceptional candidates,” President Seligman said. “I was particularly impressed by the background Gail would bring to our University from her previous experience as general counsel of a successful business and partner in a leading law firm, as well as the great skill she has demonstrated here in transactions and compliance issues that span our University. It meant a great deal to me that she also had overwhelming support from our senior leadership team.”

“The vice president and general counsel provides critical advice to the Board of Trustees on many important matters,” said Board Chairman Ed Hajim ’58. “I am delighted with the outcome of this search and look forward to continuing to work with Gail in her new role.”

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The Office of Technology Transfer would like to personally extend its congratulations to Gail, we are all so proud of you and wish you the best of luck in your new position!

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High Tech Rochester Starts Accelerator Program for Software Developers

softwaredevelopmentHigh Tech Rochester starts new accelerator program for software developers looking to commercialize their concepts.

Modeled after the highly successful Lean LaunchPad program developed at Stanford University and funded locally by a grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, the HTR LaunchPad is unique to upstate New York and is accepting applications

A “new media” application*:  every software developer has one in the works, so the question is, how to make it commercially successful?

This is one of the questions the new HTR LaunchPad will address in its first program, beginning in February of 2013.  The program is for software and web-based teams and entrepreneurs developing new software applications for new media:  internet-based systems, mobile apps, and enterprise software products including those for smart phones, portable web-based devices, more traditional markets and technologies, larger scale enterprise IT, and “cloud” computing.

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F.I.R.E. Series: “The Center for Medical Technology Innovation” Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 12 pm!!

The Office of Technology Transfer, in cooperation with the Center for Entrepreneurship proudly present F.I.R.E. in December:

“The Center for Medical Technology Innovation”

Greg Gdowski, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Medical Technology Innovation will be giving a presentation on the CMTI. This exciting new initiative at the University of Rochester makes use of our expertise in medicine, engineering, innovation, and entrepreneuship as it coordinates activities to develop new solutions to clinical problems.

Where: the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425 & 1-9425)
When: Tuesday, 11 December 2012, 12:00 – 1:00 PM 

A light lunch will be served following the presentation. Please contact David Englert, or call 585.276.6615 for more information or to register for this event.

Although the F.I.R.E. Series continues to be free and open to the public, a small fee for parking may apply (usually between $5 and $6). Registration would be appreciated by noon Monday, 10 December 2012.

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The University of Rochester Office of Technology Transfer is Moving!!

Moving Office DoormatThe University of Rochester Medical Center and River Campus Offices of Technology Transfer will be moving into one location at the Medical Center the weekend of November 30th We will have access to our email and phone system during the move and those of us able to work remotely will do so. However, we may experience periods where we are not able to access the Tech Transfer email.  During that time from Friday, November 30th through Monday, December 3rd for any critical patent deadlines, please contact: Michael Rusnak at 585-465-0186

Thank you,

The University of Rochester Office of Technology Transfer