Joy is the Assistant Director of the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, where he oversees and manages technology transfer activities and corporate partnerships for the University of Delaware. Among his other roles, Joy is actively involved in managing intellectual property, assisting in establishing startup and spin-off companies, and bringing forth university-industry collaborations and partnerships. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of business development, and a career that has produced highly regarded commercialization strategies and outreach practices of novel technologies in the chemical engineering, biotechnology, agriculture and bio-medical sectors.
Joy is a Registered Patent Agent for the US Patent & Trademark Office. He is also a SBIR/STTR reviewer for NIH and a Howard Bremer Scholar, conferred by AUTM. He earned his certification as a Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) from the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals.
What experience do you have working on or with a strategic board of directors?
I have 10-plus years of experience serving on strategic planning and advisory boards for various organizations. These include positions in entrepreneurial and venture centers, startup businesses and firms associated with IP management and technology transfer.
Please include a brief description of your volunteer experiences within AUTM.
I have been an active member of AUTM since 2007 and have served the Association in several capacities. Briefly, these include my serving for AUTM in the following roles:
• Leadership positions
• International representations on behalf of AUTM & AUTM Foundations
• Task force Chair
• Course Coordinator
• Committee engagements
• Grant preparation & presentation, and
• Professional development and presentations at AUTM conferences and meetings nationally and internationally.
A list of some of my salient engagements with AUTM are highlighted in the document attached
What motivates you to join the AUTM Board of Directors?
My primary passion to join the board is to support AUTM’s overall mission, to advance academic technology transfer nationally and globally. I personally believe that my long-standing affiliation with AUTM has provided me with a good understanding of the workings of the Association and its goals and needs. I also feel that my diverse background and experience in the field will enable me to contribute effectively and bring a fresh perspective to the organization.
Have you served in a volunteer leadership role for other organizations? If so, please explain.
Yes, I have served in both volunteer and leadership roles in several organizations and groups for more than 15 years now. Some of my current involvements are as below:
1. Advisory Board, Philadelphia Life Sciences – I serve on the Advisory Board of this organization, that connects the tri-state’s (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) life science leaders representing medical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, higher education, research, venture capital and the health care industries to collaborate and brand the Philadelphia region.
2. Advisory & Mentoring Program, Delaware State University – Play a leadership role in assisting under-graduate and graduate students to achieve their academic career paths and goals.
3. Judge, USPTO Patents for Humanity Program – US Patent & Trademark Office – Serve as a judge for the US Patent & Trademark Office's annual award competition for innovators addressing global challenges.
4. Member, USPTO Pro Bono Patent Program, Widener University – Lead efforts to establish the pro bono programs designed to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses in the state.
5. Grantee, Federal and State Technology Partnership Program (FAST), University of Delaware- Lead an SBIResource program, designed to strengthen the technological competitiveness of small businesses.
6. Advisor, Venture Development Center at the University of Delaware – Lead efforts to pioneer an innovative model for a new Proof of Concept Fund to assist technologies adopt a path to commercialization.
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?
Ifselected, I will consider serving as Chair of the Board. I would be honored to lead one of the most reputable organizations that serves our noble and highly regarded profession.
Please list specific personal strengths that you believe are valuable to the AUTM Board of Directors and/or the strategic direction of the Association?
Having served AUTM for several years now, I believe that the Association requires continued strong leadership, particularly during these challenging times. As a technology transfer professional with global exposure, I feel that the following attributes will help me provide the strategic direction that the Association needs today:
• Served in the field of technology transfer for more than 15 years with hands-on to high-level managerial experience in both corporate and academic setups.
• 10-plus years of being a Registered technology transfer professional (RTTP) with knowledge in Intellectual property prosecution and management (USPTO Registered Patent agent).
• Overall, 14-plus years of involvement with several affiliated Associations including LES, BIO, UIDP etc.
• Possess a combination of a technical, legal and business background with emphasis in Finance.
• Global Business - Prior experience in working both at corporate and academic sectors in the US, Canada and India.
• Public-Private Relations – Prior and current experience in directing the Corporate Partnerships Office while in the corporate sector, and in my current affiliation.
• Policy - Experience in various matters related to Federal policies and regulations.
• Awards - Recipient of the 2008 Howard Bremer Scholarship.
What special experience do you have in driving and implementing a strategic plan in other organizations?
A special experience that I can share in developing and implementing a strategic plan of another organization is when I got involved with an association interested in increasing membership and revenues. My contribution was developing a partnership model and adopting new initiatives and implementing outreach plans to expand the association’s horizons through its offerings and global presence.
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 conscious about the responsibilities and the time commitment that will be required for this position. Since this will need to be accommodated in conjunction with my full-time activities at work, I plan to put in personal time fulfilling the role. I do not foresee any conflict at this time. I have appraised my office at the University of Delaware of the situation and they have expressed full support in the endeavor.
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.
Personally, as a first-generation immigrant, I fully appreciate the value and relevance of this endeavor. I have been active in promoting diversity in several organizations and have extensive experience, both good and bad. I have served as Chair of numerous hiring committees in various organizations during my career, including AUTM, and each time, I have instilled the principal of equity, diversity, and inclusion in my selection. I am confident that I will be able to bring a wealth of experience and contribute significantly towards supporting efforts and resolving issues in this very, very important area.
Is there anything else you would like AUTM Members to know about you before they vote?
Aside from all the credentials that I stated earlier, I would like to emphasize my personality. I am a sensitive doer. I am analytical, enjoy problem solving and working my way through tough challenges. If in doubt, please meet my spouse …. the most difficult lady you would’ve ever met, and I have resolved every problem and have peacefully lived with her for two decades now :-). If given an opportunity to serve on the Board, I hope to serve the objectives of our Association diligently.