Duke University announces restructuring of its research and technology transfer operations

Duke University has announced a restructuring of its research and technology transfer operations in a move the institution refers to in a statement as “sweeping.”

The changes take place July 1 Duke’s Office of Research becomes the Office of Research and Innovation with four divisions: (1) Research Administration, led by Associate Vice President for Research Christopher Freel; (2) Scientific Integrity, led by Vice Dean and Associate Vice Provost Geeta Swamy; (3) Translation and Commercialization, led by Robin Rasor, the current executive director of Licensing and Ventures; and (4) External Partnerships, an expansion of the corporate relations office which will be conducting a national search for a leader.

In its announcement, the university said the new structure emerged from a study conducted by university leadership and the Board of Trustees. It also included what the university referred to as a “campus-wide conversation with research leaders about creating a more robust, focused effort to bring the best Duke ideas into licensing agreements or startup companies.”

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