Henry Nowak has left North Dakota State University to direct University of Wyoming’s tech transfer hub.

University of Wyoming has appointed Henry Nowak (pictured), formerly of North Dakota State University, to act as director of technology transfer and business resources.

Nowak’s role will include directing the Wyoming Technology Transfer Research Products Center to ensure it is a viable resource for university and local ecosystems as Wyoming pursues plans for a new, overarching Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)

His department will be involved in building connections between the IIE and state economic development agency Wyoming Business Council’s business resource network units.

Nowak will lead efforts to give faculty, staff, students and entrepreneurs the right guidance and support so that they can protect and promote intellectual property (IP) with market potential.

He hopes to involve students in the operations of his department and could eventually teach a tech transfer-focused class in the College of Business.

Nowak departed North Dakota State University in September 2018 after almost three years as technology manager for technology transfer and business resources.

At North Dakota, his role included responsibility for the tech transfer portfolio in areas such as IP evaluation, marketing, agreements and performance monitoring.

Prior to joining North Dakota, Nowak was assistant director for life sciences at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Office of Technology Development.

His resume also includes expertise gained as director of Colorado State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and of Utah State University’s technology commercialisation office.

Nowak, a registered patent attorney, has 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and agricultural biotechnology industries. He received his law degree and MBA from Florida State University after completing a master’s in biochemistry at Utah State University in 1981.

– Image courtesy of University of Wyoming