May 10th 2011, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Chairman of NewSouth Innovations (NSi), Professor Les Field, announced today that Dr Kevin Cullen has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of NewSouth Innovations Pty Limited. Dr Cullen, who will take up his appointment on 1 August 2011, is joining NSi from the University of Glasgow, where he is currently the Director of Research and Enterprise.
”We are absolutely delighted that Dr Cullen will join us to lead the team at NSi,” Professor Field said. “He brings a wealth of experience from his time at Glasgow, which is regarded as a leader in technology transfer - particularly with the innovative ways it has introduced to transfer University-derived IP into the market place.”
Dr Cullen brings extensive international experience to his new position, having been active at board level in the leading Technology Transfer Associations in the UK (Praxisunico), Europe (ASTP) and the US (AUTM). He is the current Chairman of the global Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) and has a long-standing interest in economic development, spin-out companies, and developing the University interface with SMEs (small and medium-sized companies).
Dr Cullen has more recently developed new approaches to improve knowledge exchange to benefit the economy and society. He is well known as the architect of the Knowledge Transfer Metrics system used for the assessment of Knowledge and Technology Transfer performance of UK universities. Most recently Kevin led the launch of the Easy Access IP initiative, designed to significantly increase the flow of knowledge from the university into the economy and society.
Prior to joining the university sector Kevin worked for Procter & Gamble in the UK and Belgium, in the fields of technical brand management, product development, and technology development, covering Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. He has acted as an external expert and consultant in a number of international projects, particularly focused on knowledge transfer. His qualifications include a PhD in physical-organic chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.
Professor Field praised the efforts of the outgoing CEO of NSi, Mark Bennett. He said: “Mark has been with NSi almost since its birth in 2005. The company was formed with a very specific focus on technology transfer and managing the University's intellectual property. Mark has done a terrific job in shepherding it from its infancy into a mature technology transfer organisation appropriate for a leading research-intensive university.”
About NewSouth Innovations Pty Limited
NewSouth Innovations (NSi) is the technology commercialisation company owned 100% by the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. NSi commercialises inventions and technologies developed by staff and students at the University.
For further information please contact Professor Les Field, Deputy Vice-Chancellor UNSW and Chair NewSouth Innovations Pty Limited.
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