Richard Kordal, PhD

Louisiana Tech University 

Candidate Biography

Richard Kordal, PhD, Director, Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization (OIPC), Louisiana Tech University, earned a doctoral degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has 18 years experience in the in vitro diagnostic's industry in various technical, supervisory, and managerial positions including industrial technology assessment. During his employment with Boehringer Mannheim, a large multi-national firm, he built from the ground up a new R&D department focusing on biosensor discovery research. He was able to leverage internal R&D by collaborations with external partners, and managed those relationships. During his employment in industry he has taken more than 10 products through R&D into the market.

He assumed the position of Director, OIPC, Louisiana Tech in June 2005. Prior to coming to Louisiana Tech he was Director, Intellectual Property Office (IPO) at University of Cincinnati from 2001 to 2005. He has published articles in technology transfer journals and has presented lectures and seminars on technology transfer before many organizations and groups. He co-founded a statewide organization for Louisiana academic technology transfer directors, and assisted in the creation of a similar organization in Ohio. He drafted several university policies related to technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and sponsored research and developed guidance memoranda. He developed strategic plans for growing the IPO and OIPC offices to better serve the university's faculty.

Candidate Q&A

What experience do you have working on or with a strategic Board of Directors?

Like many academic institutions, our university's IP assets are held by a Research Corporation. I have helped the Corporation's Board develop plans and policies (e.g., eqnuity policy) to best manage these assets and maximize their ROI.

Please include a brief description of your volunteer experiences within AUTM.

My volunteer experiences with AUTM has primarily been through my involvement with the Metrics and Surveys Committee. I spent several years first as a committee member before moving up to Assistent VP and then to VP. The committees I oversaw were responsible for conducting and publishing various surveys and reports such as AUTM’s annual Licensing Activity Survey report, bi-annual Salary survey, management of the Statistics Access for Tech Transfer (STATT) database, and the development of Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT) Database.

Why do you want to join the AUTM Board of Directors?

I've been involved in technology transfer for the better part of my career both on the academic and industry side. I believe this positions me well to be a valuale addition to the Board. Further, my decidcation to this area, as evidenced by my scholarly studies and publications, would make me an ideal ambassador and proponent for the continued success of the field.

Have you served in a volunteer leadership role for other organizations? If so, please explain.

I currently serve as Chair of our institution's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Export Control Committee. I am also President of our neighborhood Homeowner's Association.

If elected by the Membership to the Board, would you consider serving as Chair? Please explain.

Yes, I have the necessary adminstrative experience. For example, when I was Manager, Discovery Research I was responsible for a budget in excess of $1 million and a staff of approx 10 direct reports (greater number through a matrix management structure).

Please share personal strengths that you believe would be valuable to the AUTM Board and/or the strategic direction of the Association?

I am a team player with good communication skills and I am a creative problem solver.

What special experience do you have in driving and implementing a strategic plan?

At both Louisiana Tech and University of Cincinnati, I worked with the VP Research to develop Strategic Plans to grow the tech transfer office to better serve the faculty.

How do terms of  the position (both responsibilities and time commitment) fit with your other responsibilities? Will you have any conflicts of commitment between your full-time position and your volunteer time on the AUTM Board?

As I am nearing retirement I will have more free time to dedicate to this position.

AUTM is committed to addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion both on the Board and on behalf of our Members. Briefly describe how your experiences can contribute to the Association’s growth in this area.

I've worked in a university system that values and embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. This has given me an awareness of these issues and a dedication to respecting others.

Is there anything else you would like AUTM Members to know about you before they vote?

I believe our field will face new and unexpected challenges in the future such as the impact of export control regulations on technology transfer practices. My combined academic technology transfer, industrial R&D, and export control experience provides me with a unique perspective to help AUTM members navigate these challenges.