LSU Innovation Park Director Lauded as “Bridge Builder,” Receives AUTM Chair’s Award
Interim Executive Director of LSU Innovation Park David Winwood has received the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Chair’s Award, recognizing lasting and outstanding contributions to the organization, comprised of over 3,100 technology transfer professionals world-wide.
BATON ROUGE, March 26, 2021
Winwood was lauded as a “bridge builder” by Immediate Past Chair Marc Sedam, who started
his technology transfer career as an assistant to Winwood at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sedam is currently the Vice Provost of Innovation and New
Ventures at the University of New Hampshire.
“Dave is one of the leading voices of our profession and was one of the first to see the value in building an innovation ecosystem through research parks, professional designations, international engagement, and public policy,” Sedam said.
AUTM is a global network of members that come from more than 350 universities, research institutions, teaching hospitals, and government agencies as well as hundreds of companies involved with managing and licensing innovations derived from academic and nonprofit research. LSU Associate Vice President of Research and Director of the Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization Andrew Maas, who manages technology commercialization activities on LSU’s main campus, is a current AUTM director.
Rather than work in technology transfer and then leaving to become part of a startup company, Winwood first worked in three startups and familiarized himself with the profession while trying to commercialize his work in chemistry and drug development at the University of Florida.
Winwood is a past president of AUTM who has also served as treasurer for the Association of University Research Parks, board member of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (source of the Registered Technology Transfer Professional, or RTTP designation), and board member of COGR, the Council on Governmental Relations.
“I’m so very grateful and honored to receive this award, particularly because it’s an acknowledgment from the colleagues and friends who have been such a large part of my career and life over the last 25 years,” Winwood said.
His path to the technology transfer profession was the reverse of many of his peers. Rather than work in technology transfer and then leaving to become part of a startup company, Winwood first worked in three startups and familiarized himself with the profession while trying to commercialize his work in chemistry and drug development at the University of Florida.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with many extraordinary innovators and getting a glimpse into their minds and methods,” he said. “Several of the innovators in my portfolios over the years have received major accolades and recognitions, including the Lemelson Prize, the President’s National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and induction into one, two, or—in one case—all of the national academies. A couple of them have started companies that have become very successful, with market caps in the billions of dollars, while others have been key players in developing groundbreaking new therapies.”
During his acceptance speech, Winwood recognized some of his mentors and pioneers in the field, including Fran Meyer at UNC Chapel Hill and Mark Crowell at North Carolina State.
“My great interest as far back as high school was how public policy intertwines with science and technology,” Winwood remarked. “Having been called upon to testify in the U.S. Senate on the matter of patent reform on behalf of AUTM, and the fact that the new U.S. administration recently contacted the organization for input on innovation policy show how AUTM has become a respected and valued representative for the profession. The AUTM membership—individuals, rather than institutions—is reliably collaborative in suggesting solutions to challenges faced across the technology transfer community.”
AUTM AWARD PRESENTATION
AUTM Immediate Past President Marc Sedam presents the award to David Winwood.
LSU Office of Research & Economic Development