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Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development director candidates Fred B. Holt, left, and Neil F. Veloso

Two candidates for the position of director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (OTTED), have been invited to the University of Hawaiʻi to make public presentations to interested students, faculty, staff, community members and the general public. The topic for the presentations will be, “The Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at a Public University.”

“This leadership position is critical to UH’s entrepreneurial and commercialization efforts,” said Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa and chair of the OTTED director search.

“The next director of OTTED will be leading a department that will be an integral component to the success of the Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative,” added UH Vice President for Research and Innovation Vassilis L. Syrmos.

OTTED director candidates

Fred B. Holt, director of strategic initiatives, University of Washington Center for Commercialization

  • Public presention: Friday, July 18, 2014, 10–11 a.m., C-MORE Hale conference room

For the last nine years Holt has played a major role in transforming the technology transfer function at the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization. He has defined and implemented most of the elements in the new innovation ecosystem for UW researchers, including the entrepreneurs-in-residence program, the industry relations program, a start-up incubator and a center fund for technology start-ups.

Holt received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Washington and a master’s in business administration from Seattle University.

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Neil F. Veloso, director of commercialization—Strategic Alliances, Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI)

  • Public presention: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 10:30–11:30 a.m., C-MORE Hale conference room

Neil Veloso primarily focuses on innovation management within both the Cleveland Clinic and its Healthcare Innovation Alliance Program. He has more than 20 years of experience in biotechnology and technology commercialization.

Veloso received his bachelor’s in biology from John Hopkins University and earned both his master’s in business administration and master’s of sciences in environmental health sciences from Case Western University.

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