Realignment allows focus on innovation and economic development

Sunday, December 09, 2018

After a recent decision to refocus the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) and shift the role of economic development elsewhere within the university, the University of Iowa has appointed a chief innovation officer to lead its research commercialization and economic development activities.

Jon Darsee, appointed on Oct. 19 after a national search, will lead Innovation and Economic Development at Iowa, which includes UI Ventures, Protostudios, the UI Research Park, the Office of Corporate Engagement, and MADE. Darsee reports to the vice president for external relations and will focus on strengthening the UI’s role in enhancing the state’s economy.

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