Assoc. VP, Research (Ret), Florida State University; Past President, AUTM
John left Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida as Assistant VP for Research & Economic Development in December 2014, where he also held the position of Executive Director of the Office of Commercialization (1996-2014).
Prior to that he served as Director, University/Industry Liaison Office at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. John brought substantial corporate and university experience to the FSU position. He held positions as Executive Vice President and co-founder of UTC, Inc., a venture capital backed, North Carolina-based university licensing/technology transfer firm; President and CEO of UTI, a University of Calgary based for-profit technology transfer company; Vice President of TDC, Inc., a Toronto and Vancouver-based venture capital firm and President, Burnside Development, a technology commercialization consulting firm. He has co-founded three companies and assisted entrepreneurs launch another twenty four technology based firms.
In 2006, he became President of AUTM, the global, association of technology transfer professionals. As the representative of AUTM, he visited many countries communicating the value of academic technology transfer. He was appointed by the Governor of Florida as a Founding Director of the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research which has a mandate to accelerate university spinoff companies and received initial financing of $15 million; and also earlier as a Founding Board member of the Florida Research Consortium and its Executive Committee to increase university/company interactions to better the Florida economy.
In 2012-2013, he consulted as an AUTM Expert with 3 major academic institutions in Chile, South America, assisting their technology transfer offices to accelerate and expand their operations.
John holds a Masters Degree in Biochemistry from the University of California – Berkeley.