Auburn University has named Patrick Reed, who's worked in tech transfer for two decades, as executive director of its Intellectual Property Exchange.

Auburn University has hired Patrick Reed, previously the assistant vice-chancellor for innovation and partnerships at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center, as executive director of the Intellectual Property Exchange (IPX). Reed has spent more than two decades in tech transfer and was most recently with LSU for nearly 12 years, serving as assistant vice-chancellor from April 2020. In addition to these duties, he concurrently spent 2023 as director of innovation and commercialisation at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center. He originally joined LSU Health’s Office of Technology Management as director in 2012. Earlier in his career, he spent nearly six years as a senior licensing associate at the Georgia Tech Research Corporation. And Reed had worked for LSU once before, serving as an intellectual property associate at the LSU AgCenter from 2002 to 2006. Reed plans to expand the reach of the IPX, he explained: “My focus will be to grow innovation in every corner of the university, not just the traditional areas. There are lots of opportunities to go in new areas and new directions that may not have seen IPX before. I’m very excited to explore the possibilities.” He added: “I started my career at LSU in the agricultural area, then moved to Georgia Tech where I learned about engineering, then went into the health sciences area back at LSU again. “So, I have experience in all three areas, and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to bring all those pieces together in one place at Auburn.”

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