2021 Candidate Form

Buff_2020.jpgEugene Buff, PhD, MD, CLP, RTTP

Founder and President
Primary Care Innovation Consulting


Candidate Biography

Dr. Eugene Buff is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) with over 20 years of combined scientific, consulting and management experience. Eugene is a Founder and President of Primary Care Innovation Consulting (PCIC), a new type of innovation management and business development firm supporting companies’ growth through open innovation. PCIC provides technology strategy consulting for both large and small companies globally and has unique access to cutting-edge innovation at universities, incubators and accelerators worldwide. Dr. Buff is a Startup Development Officer (SDO) at NCET2. He is a member of many consulting and professional network organizations and often mentors and presents on issues of entrepreneurship, intellectual property, innovation and technology transfer both in the U.S. and internationally.

Candidate Q&A

What experience do you have working on or with a strategic board of directors?
I have worked with many corporate boards and served on several commercial advisory boards. My specific role always deals with strategy, customer discovery and growth.

Please include a brief description of your volunteer experiences within AUTM.
For more than 20 years at AUTM, and with the tech transfer community in general, I have often volunteered to help junior professionals, and organize and manage panels, conferences and interest groups.

What motivates you to join the AUTM Board of Directors?
Being one of the very senior members of our professional community, I would like to contribute more to develop it further, to expand AUTM’s role and reputation.

Have you served in a volunteer leadership role for other organizations? If so, please explain.
Not in a leadership role.

AUTM has recently changed how the Chair is appointed each year, with the Chair now selected from amongst the sitting Board members each year. If elected by the Membership to the Board, would you further consider serving as Chair of the Board. Why or why not?
I would be happy to take on more responsibility eventually, but at first I would like to learn from my colleagues and understand the Chair’s role and responsibilities better.

Please list specific personal strengths that you believe are valuable to the AUTM Board of Directors and/or the strategic direction of the Association?
Critical non-linear thinking and a broad, diverse background (both academic and industry).

What special experience do you have in driving and implementing a strategic plan in other organizations?
Strategic planning and its implementation is one of the key offerings on my consultancy, especially when working with small and mid-size companies and organizations. 

How does the three-year term for the position (both responsibilities and time commitment) fit in with your other responsibilities? Will you have any conflicts of commitment between your full-time position and your volunteer time on the AUTM Board?
I am a self-employed consultant and could manage my time and responsibilities accordingly.

AUTM is committed to addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion both amongst the Board and on behalf of our Members. Briefly describe how your experiences can contribute to the Association’s growth in this area
I am an immigrant and have worked with lots of people of various backgrounds in the 30 years of my professional career. I judge people on merit only and will be happy to maintain high professionalism principles at AUTM,as I do everywhere I go.

Is there anything else you would like AUTM Members to know about you before they vote?
I really like our organization and would be honored to have a chance to both represent it and make a difference in how it operates.