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Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies Joins GUIRR as Industry Partner

GUIRR is pleased to welcome Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson to its University-Industry Partners program! Janssen is engaging in the Roundtable in partnership with Temple University and will be represented by Dr. Kenneth S. Kilgore, Director, Immunology Therapeutic Area. The company is developing treatments for patients in six important therapeutic areas of healthcare: Cardiovascular & Metabolism, Immunology, Infectious Diseases & Vaccines, Neuroscience, Oncology, and Pulmonary Hypertension. Temple University has advanced seven projects and three startups through the Pharma Germinator and its partnership with Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Industry Partner Identified by Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University has identified its GUIRR partner company: Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Serving as HPE’s named representative to the Roundtable is Mark Potter, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer for the Enterprise Group (EG) and Director of Hewlett Packard Labs, the company’s exploratory and advanced research group. In this role, Mark works closely with the business, sales and Hewlett Packard Labs to set strategy, help incubate and commercialize new businesses and accelerate HPE’s innovation agenda to a broader set of customers. Representing Texas A&M University is Dr. Karan Watson, Provost and Executive Vice President. Karan is also a Regents Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Laurie Leshin HeadshotGUIRR Appoints Dr. Laurie Leshin as University Co-Chair

Dr. Leshin is the 16th president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), with over 20 years of experience as a leader in academia and government service, and an accomplished record as a space scientist. She combines a life-long love of learning and exploration with a strong track record of igniting action to advance critical institutions and programs. Prior to joining WPI, Laurie served as the Dean of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

Dr. Leshin's three-year term as GUIRR University Co-Chair officially began on June 1, 2016. She succeeds Dr. Jacques Gansler, who will remain an active member of GUIRR as a Distinguished Fellow. We thank Dr. Gansler for his service and contributions to the Roundtable.
Texas A&M Center to Pair Research, Industry to Rebuild Infrastructure

In February 2017, the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved the official establishment of a new facility designed to spur new industry-university collaborations focused on solving infrastructure challenges facing the state and the U.S. as a whole. The new Center for Infrastructure Renewal will seek to take innovations pioneered by Texas A&M University System researchers and put them into practice in the real world.

For more news, see our list of External Reports of Interest.