IURTC announces technology transfer, commercialization and general counsel promotions: Newscenter: Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

IURTC announces technology transfer, commercialization and general counsel promotions

  • Jan. 28, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- Officials at Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. have announced promotions for personnel in its technology transfer, commercialization and legal departments.

Dave Wilhite has been named director of technology commercialization. He previously had been the assistant director. His duties include analyzing disclosed faculty inventions, managing the technology commercialization process, overseeing negotiations of licenses, administering outreach initiatives to IU inventors, and training and supervising direct reports.

Jerry Hunter, who had been a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the IU School of Medicine, is now a SpinUp associate. He identifies IU inventors interested in technology commercialization, assists with new company formation, creates commercialization plans, assists with SBIR and STTR grant applications, and manages business-related activities for funded startups.

Brion St. Amour has been named general counsel and head of intellectual property and will serve as a member of the IURTC leadership team. He previously had been the head of intellectual property. He is responsible for all legal work arising from IURTC's activities; renders timely advice on the broad range of legal issues including intellectual property, building, nonprofit, etc.; and develops and implements legal budgets.

"Dave, Jerry and Brion have proven their abilities to protect and promote intellectual property developed across all academic disciplines in the Indiana University campus system," said Tony Armstrong, president and CEO of IURTC. "In their new positions, they will strengthen IURTC's ability to move those innovations to the marketplace and improve people's lives throughout the state, the nation and the world."


IURTC is a not-for-profit organization that helps IU faculty and researchers realize the commercial potential of their discoveries. Since 1997, IURTC's university clients have accounted for more than 2,000 inventions, nearly 1,900 U.S. patent applications and more than 75 startup companies. IURTC is part of the Innovate Indiana initiative, which engages strategic partners to leverage and advance IU's intellectual resources and expertise, enhance Indiana's economic growth, and contribute to the overall quality of life for Hoosiers. Indiana University is designated as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. This recognizes IU's commitment across all its campuses to being a leading institution in fostering regional economic development.

Brion St. Amour

Brion St. Amour

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