Keith Marmer, DPT, MBA

Chief Innovation & Economic Engagement Officer
University of Utah

Candidate Biography

As chief innovation & economic engagement officer at the University of Utah, Keith has transformed the culture of commercialization at University of Utah, launching three accelerators, an incubator, a seed grant fund, and a venture fund to support technology commercialization. Keith has also helped impact Utah’s innovation economy as a co-founder of BioHive, an organization dedicated to promoting Utah’s life science ecosystem as well as working with Salt Lake City’s mayor to launch a new downtown ‘Depot’ innovation district. His strong leadership skills come from over 30 years of experience as an inventor, entrepreneur, investor, and tech transfer professional. He has three patents, launched four companies, and helped entrepreneurs raise more than $1 billion in investment capital. Across his career, Keith has launched, help to launch or overseen teams responsible for starting more than 145 companies as well as hundreds of licensing transactions with global companies and venture capital firms.

Previously, Keith was co-founder of SG3 Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund. Prior to SG3, Keith was chief business officer at Penn Center for Innovation, University of Pennsylvania. Before his university-based commercialization roles, he was an entrepreneur, founding and scaling four companies. Keith serves and has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards including University Economic Development Association and Virginia Center for Innovative Technology and is a past executive-in-residence at Princeton University. He received an MBA, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from University of the Sciences.

Candidate Q&A
What experience do you have working on or with a strategic Board of Directors?

I have extensive experience working with strategic Boards of Directors. This work includes serving as a chair or member of more than ten boards focused on technology transfer, economic development, higher education, startup support and for-profits.

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

I currently serve as chair of the AUTM start-up committee. I have previously served on the East Regional Meeting Planning committee and have been a speaker at a number of AUTM meetings over the past decade.

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

I am interested in joining the AUTM Board in order to contribute to the continued growth of our profession and support the next generation of professionals and the innovation they manage.

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

I have volunteered in leadership/advisory roles for a state governor, a large city mayor, a university, two national professional associations and three trade associations.

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

Yes. I have served as chair of several boards previously and believe this experience would be helpful in supporting the AUTM Board.

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

I believe my experience as an entrepreneur, CEO, investor, tech transfer professional and inventor provide me extensive experience that would be valuable to the AUTM Board. Among my strengths gained from these experiences are problem solving, strategic planning, developing talent and leadership.

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

As a company founder, I've had the experience of developing and implementing a strategic plan several times, while being held accountable to a board of directors. I have also had the privilege of developing a university strategic plan to scale a tech transfer office and merge it with operations for corporate partnerships and economic development. As a board member, I have contributed to, and executed on, a number of strategic plans for membership, revenue and operations.

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?

The responsibilities of the position fit well within my role at University of Utah. The University is fully supportive of the necessary time commitments to serving on the AUTM Board.

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.

One example of my commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is the creation of an incubator at University of Utah. We mandated a goal that 50% of resident companies would have at least one management team member from a historically underrepresented group and created a grant program to support it. I am also proud of my experience as a hiring manager in recruiting diverse candidates into roles at every level of organizations I have served. I believe these and other experiences would add value to AUTM's efforts to promote equity, diversity and inclusion.

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

I am passionate about the work of our profession and strive to have impact every day in my work. One of the things I enjoy most about my current role is developing the next generation of professionals. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends hiking, skiing and camping.