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Richard Chylla Selected as AUTM Chair-Elect

The Association of University Technology Managers, (AUTM), an international non-profit whose 3,200 members support academic research globally, shepherding innovations from the lab to the marketplace, selected Richard Chylla, PhD, CLP, RTTP, Executive Director of MSU Technologies to be the AUTM Chair-Elect, beginning his term as Chair in February 2019.

Chylla joined MSU Technologies as executive director in April 2012. He is responsible for all strategic and operational issues related to managing the university’s diverse intellectual property portfolio, including identifying and protecting intellectual property, marketing and negotiating technology transfer opportunities with industry, and helping to identify innovations with the potential to form start-up companies.

Chylla brings a history of success in licensing and commercialization to MSUT. Previously, he was director of technology transfer for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. There he grew new invention disclosures and engineering licensing agreements and initiated the formation of two start-up companies to commercialize university technologies. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years in the specialty chemical industry, holding domestic and international positions in product and business development and technology management and licensing at Johnson Polymer and BASF Corporation.

AUTM is the non-profit leader in efforts to educate, promote and inspire professionals, throughout their careers, to support the development of academic research that changes the world. AUTM’s community is comprised of more than 3,200 members who work in more than 800 universities, research centers, hospitals, businesses and government organizations around the globe. To learn more, visit www.AUTM.net.

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