Keren Primor Cohen has been promoted to CEO of Tel Aviv University’s TTO as the successor to Shlomo Nimrodi, who has departed after seven years in the post.

Tel Aviv University’s tech transfer office, Ramot, has promoted its vice-president for general counsel and business affairs, Keren Primor Cohen (pictured), to chief executive.

Cohen joined Ramot in 2007 from Yeda Research and Development, the tech transfer office of Weizmann Institute of Science, and also has industry experience from a prior stint at IT infrastructure management products supplier RiT Tech.

Her skills include expertise in negotiating complex intellectual property transactions such as licence agreements as well as arrangements for R&D and collaboration.

During her time at Ramot, Cohen has played a role in launching initiatives including the $23.5m Technology Innovation Momentum Fund and the Tel Aviv University venturing arm TAU Ventures.

Cohen takes over control from her predecessor Shlomo Nimrodi, who is leaving Ramot after seven years regarded as a period of significant growth for startup formation and tech transfers to multinational companies.

Shlomo Markel, chairman of the board of directors at Ramot, said: “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Ramot than Keren Primor Cohen. Keren is a proven leader with hardcore technology transfer skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together.

“Her vision for how technology and research can be translated from academy into real industrial products is exactly what Ramot needs as the company enters its next chapter of innovation and growth.”