Brian Coblitz is the new executive director of George Washington University’s Technology Commercialization Office.

Brian Coblitz has been appointed executive director of George Washington University (GW)’s Technology Commercialization Office, putting him permanently in charge after a stint as interim managing director.

Coblitz has been with the office since 2012, having originally joined as a licensing associate. He was promoted to senior licensing associate in 2015, before becoming senior licensing manager in June 2020. His promotion to interim managing director came in July 2021.

He joined the tech transfer profession after a four-year stint as a postdoc fellow in Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences, initially serving as a marketing intern in the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Technology Transfer in 2011.

Coblitz’s promotion to lead GW’s tech transfer office comes as the office is on track to have its best fiscal year to date. The university is ranked 22nd for gross licensing income, according to the AUTM survey.

Coblitz said: “We are energised by the amazing research that faculty from various schools here at GW are involved in and want to help our researchers realise the full potential for that work to benefit society.”

– Image courtesy of Maansi Srivastava/GW Today

Thierry Heles

Thierry Heles is the editor of Global University Venturing, host of the Beyond the Breakthrough interview podcast and responsible for the monthly GUV Gazette (sign up here for free).