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Scott Catlin to Head University’s Combined Office of Technology Transfer

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Scott Catlin has been appointed associate vice president for innovation and technology commercialization. He will oversee the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Rochester.

“Scott Catlin’s breadth of knowledge, expertise, and corporate experience will serve us well and advance the mission of the Office of Technology Transfer,” said Robert Clark, interim senior vice president for research.

Catlin is currently legal section head for Abbott Medical Optics Inc. in Santa Ana, Calif., where he managed a team of 18 attorneys and support staff. Catlin earned his B.S. in optical engineering at the University of Rochester in 1992, graduating summa cum laude. Three years later, he graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School with his Juris Doctorate. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and American Intellectual Property Association.

“I look forward to building bridges between the University’s researchers and the commercial world,” said Catlin. “The goal is to turn the University’s cutting-edge innovation into products and services that benefit patients, society and the environment, while also helping to create jobs in the local community.”


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Welcome to the University of Rochester UR Ventures Interactive Blog!! UR Ventures facilitates the protection of Intellectual Property and the commercialization — or transfer — of technologies resulting from the cutting-edge research being conducted by our world-class scientists, faculty, and staff. We are here to translate scientific innovation into tangible products or methods that advance knowledge and serve the public good while returning income to the inventor and to the University to support further research.

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