AUTM’s New Chair, Board Members Take Office


NEW ORLEANS, LA – February 23, 2022 – AUTM, a global non-profit whose Members support the commercialization of academic research, today welcomed its new Chair, Ian McClure, JD, LLM, the Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact at University of Kentucky Research.  

In his role, McClure oversees innovation, commercialization and new venture creation at UK, including building new growth areas for the university in industry partnerships, innovation training and social innovation.  McClure has gained many perspectives in intellectual property and commercialization throughout his career as an M&A attorney, entrepreneur, investment banker, researcher, law school professor, and now, technology transfer leader. 

McClure joined the AUTM Board in 2019. He spoke at the close of AUTM’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans, urging attendees to seek the opportunity that AUTM is creating every day. 

“What we do is difficult, and now we do it in more difficult times,” McClure told the audience. “But what we do is to create opportunity for research discovery: opportunity to protect our nation’s — any nation’s — security; opportunity to improve our health and well-being; and opportunity to increase the efficacy of materials, devices, and systems. While others may not always be so optimistic about what we do, we know the opportunity is at hand with every technology we touch, and that, my friends, is our secret weapon.”  

AUTM CEO Stephen Susalka said of McClure “Ian is a passionate advocate for issues affecting our field and will be an outstanding champion on behalf of our Membership and the profession.” 

The Board on Sunday selected Almesha L. Campbell as AUTM’s Chair-Elect. She is Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Jackson State University. Campbell will succeed McClure when he steps down as Chair in February 2023.  

Joining the Board this year are newly installed Directors elected to three-year terms:  

  • Alice Li, PhD, CLP, is Executive Director of the Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University, where she oversees technology transfer activities and university gap funding series to advance university innovation. 
  • Anji Miller, MSc, PhD, CLP, RTTP, a Senior Business Manager at LifeArc, a leading UK medical research charity, where she cultivates and funds early-stage healthcare technologies, focusing on rare diseases and advance therapies and directs the LifeArc AUTM TT Fellowship program. 
About AUTM
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Almesha Campbell
Jackson State University
Alice Li
Cornell University
Anji Miller