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UIDP Board

Karl Koster, UIDP President
John Hickman, UIDP Immediate Past President
Deborah Radasch, UIDP Vice-President

Elizabeth Adams, University-At-Large
Barbara Araneo, Leadership Circle
Robert Bouzon, Leadership Circle
Jilda Garton, Leadership Circle
Stephen Harsy, University-At-Large
Nick Nikolaides, Industry-At-Large
Lili Portilla, Ex-Officio
Anthony Radspieler, Industry-At-Large
Susan Sauer Sloan, Ex-Officio
William Tucker, Leadership Circle
UIDP Board Members




John HickmanJohn Hickman, UIDP Immediate Past President
John Deere & Company

John Hickman is Director of Global University Relations and Life Sciences at Deere & Company. Aside from directing Deere’s Global University Relations initiative, he also directs Deere’s corporate life science and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) efforts.

Dr. Hickman joined Deere & Company in 1994 as Manager of Cropping Systems for the John Deere Des Moines Works. In December 1997, he moved to Los Gatos, CA to serve as Manager of Marketing, Sales and Product Support for a small Deere-owned subsidiary. In 1998, John moved to Deere's Technology Center in Moline, IL to serve as the Corporate Life Scientist, followed by Director of Biorenewable Energy and Life Sciences before serving in his current role.
Dr. Hickman is a native of Indiana, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree at Purdue University in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. He obtained his MS and PhD at Oregon State University in Soil Science. He worked for 10 years as a faculty member in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University specializing in soil management and environmental quality before joining Deere in 1994.

Koster headshotKarl Koster, UIDP President
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations. The Office of Corporate Relations at MIT includes the Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrates 65 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2013.

In that capacity, Mr. Koster and his staff work with the senior administrative and faculty leadership of MIT, as well as senior corporate leaders, to develop and implement strategies for enhancing corporate involvement with the Institute. Most recently these efforts have included a set of systematic activities further integrating the MIT/Cambridge innovation eco-system into MIT’s global corporate and university networks. In addition, Mr. Koster has worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which are characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments.
Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.

Robert BouzonRobert Bouzon, Leadership Circle

Rob manages university interactions for HP Labs Strategy and Operations in the company’s central research organization.  He helped create and then led the HP Labs Innovation Research Program, which from 2008 supported more than 170 projects in 17 countries.  Prior to that, he directed a global team of higher education program managers working with key institutions.  At HP since 1981, Rob has served as Corporate Manager for General Press Relations; HP Europe, Middle East, Africa Public Relations Manager, and US East Coast Public Affairs Manager.
He holds a bachelor’s from Tulane in English, and master’s degrees from Northwestern in Journalism and Stanford in Communication Research.  He chaired the communications committees of the American Electronics Association and the Computer Systems Policy Project, served on the board of Gifts in Kind International, and has been a member of the American Medical Writers Association and the International Association of Business Communicators.

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Jilda GartonJilda Garton, Leadership Circle
Georgia Tech

Jilda Garton joined Georgia Tech as the Associate Vice Provost for Research and General Manager of Georgia Tech Research Corporation on February 1, 1998.  As General Manager, Ms. Garton is responsible for the financial and business affairs of GTRC, including licensing of the intellectual property created at Georgia Tech.  The Office of Technology Licensing manages patenting and licensing activities for over 400 invention disclosures per year.  As the Associate Vice Provost for Research, Ms. Garton directs activities of the Office of Sponsored Program and the Office of Research Compliance.  Those responsibilities include identifying sponsored research opportunities, proposal processing, negotiation, award and post-award administration of contracts and subcontracts.  The Office of Research Compliance supports the Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Institutional Biosafety and Committee, and export compliance for research.

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Stephen HarsyStephen Harsy, University-At-Large (2014-2015)
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Harsy currently serves as Assistant Dean for Technology Transfer and Director of the Office of Industry Relations at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is responsible for structuring research relationships between the School’s investigators and industry collaborators. In addition, he is actively engaged in management of conflict of interest, research misconduct, intellectual property and other research policy issues.

Dr. Harsy has been an active member of UIDP for six years. He has been a workshop presenter, and has contributed regularly on the Contract Accords working groups. He served as university co-chair on the MTA Contract Accord. Dr. Harsy is also active in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), where he currently serves as AUTM Assistant Vice President for MTAs. He was awarded a AUTM 2012 Volunteer Service Award for outstanding volunteer service.

Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Harsy worked for seventeen years in industry. As a corporate scientist at W. R. Grace and Company, he conducted research on new methods for synthesis of specialty chemicals, and is the holder of four patents covering new processes for production of drug intermediates and water treatment chemicals.  At Covance Laboratories, he held several scientific and senior management positions overseeing the conduct of regulatory studies for pharmaceutical and agricultural chemical registration, and analytics for measurement of business unit effectiveness and financial performance.

Dr. Harsy received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Stanford University, and his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Nick NikolaidesNick Nikolaides, Industry-At-Large (2014-2015)
The Procter & Gamble Company

Dr. Nick Nikolaides leads P&G’s open innovation “Connect + Develop” R&D program across the global university and research institute landscape, and develops strategies towards effective collaborations with global Non-Governmental/Non-Profit Organizations and research technology parks.  Central to these efforts is developing and executing disruptive and game-changing approaches to Public-Private partnerships.  Prior to his current role, Dr. Nikolaides spent 15 years in drug discovery with Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, targeting cardiovascular indications, launching an upstream chemical development group, and establishing a Competitive & Technical Intelligence function for P&G Global Health Care.

Dr. Nikolaides received his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Cornell University in 1989 under the direction of Professor Bruce Ganem, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University with Professor Gary Posner.  He then joined 3M Pharmaceuticals, where he led programs in the design and synthesis of immune response modifiers as antiviral agents, before moving to P&G Pharmaceuticals in 1994. 

Dr. Nikolaides currently resides in Mason, OH with his wife and daughter, and finds himself on the road quite often visiting his sons at The University of Texas, Austin and The University of Vermont.

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Lili PortillaLili Portilla, Ex-Officio
National Institutes of Health

Ms. Portilla has worked in the area of technology transfer at the National Institutes of Health, since 1989. She has extensive experience in negotiating and developing commercialization strategies for complex, and multi-party collaborations and public private partnerships.  Ms. Portilla has broad knowledge of Federal and NIH technology transfer policy and law pertaining to biotechnology and commercialization issues.

Ms. Portilla was recently named the Acting Director of the Office of Policy, Communications and Strategic Alliances at the newly formed National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the NIH.  Ms. Portilla currently serves as the Director of the Office of Strategic Alliances for NCATS.     NCATS main focus will be on developing innovations that are intended to cut down the time or expense needed to develop a new drug, or allow us to predict which compounds will work best and be safe earlier in development.

From January 2008 - 2011, Ms. Portilla served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and provided advice to NCRR staff on all facets of technology transfer, intellectual property and public private partnerships issues.  She currently serves as technology transfer advisor for the NCRR funded Mutant Mouse Regional Resource Consortium and the National Swine Research Resource Center programs.  Until recently Ms. Portilla served as the Chair of the Clinical Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Public Private Partnership Committee. 

Prior to her position at the NCRR, Ms. Portilla served for 7 years as the Director of the National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Office of Technology Transfer and Development (OTTAD).  Ms. Portilla has also published several papers on pubic private partnerships. 

Ms. Portilla received a Masters in Public Administration in 1992 from American University, Washington, DC and a Bachelor in Business Administration, double major in both Finance and Spanish Literature in 1986 from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas.

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Debbie Radasch PhotoDeborah Radasch, UIDP Vice-President

Deborah Radasch is the Director for Strategic Universities and Special Initiatives & Experimentation for Boeing Research and Technology organization. In addition, Debbie currently serves as the functional systems engineering lead for Engineering Operations & Technology and active in the Industrial Research Institute. Radasch’s background is diverse, having leadership roles in engineering, technology, business development, manufacturing and supplier management for both development and production programs. She received her Ph.D. in decision sciences and finance from St. Louis University, and her M.S. and B.S. degrees in operations research and decision sciences from Pennsylvania State University.

Active in the community, Debbie has been recognized for her community efforts through Boeing's William Allen Award, the Jaycees Young Outstanding St. Louisan Award, National Hearts of Gold Award, and National CASA Award.

sloanSusan Sauer Sloan, Ex-Officio 
The National Academies/GUIRR

Susan Sauer Sloan (Director, Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable) joined The National Academies on May 27, 2008 as Director of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR). Before assuming the role, Ms. Sloan served a six-month appointment as Executive in Residence at the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) of the National Academy of Engineering and, for the six years prior, as Chief Executive Officer of the Global Wireless Education Consortium (GWEC), a university-industry membership organization committed to the development and incorporation of current wireless technology curricula in academic institutions worldwide. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sloan worked as Corporate/Foundation Relations Consultant to the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education, as Associate Director of the Master of Health Science (MHS) in Health Policy program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, as Director of Communications for Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and as Senior Program Associate for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Sloan got her start in Washington, DC, working as a staff assistant to Representative Timothy E. Wirth (D-CO), U.S. House of Representatives.

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William TuckerWilliam Tucker, Leadership Circle
University of California, Office of the President

Dr. Tucker was born in the UK and educated in Australia.  He holds a B. Sc. (Hons) and a Ph. D. in Microbiology from the University of Queensland.    Dr. Tucker held post-doctoral research fellowships at Stanford University (with Prof. Stanley Cohen) and at the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra Australia. He also holds an MBA degree from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

Dr. Tucker’s career began in research in agricultural biotechnology and then transitioned to technology management and business development in the private sector. In 2003, he joined the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of California, Office of the President, in Oakland CA and in 2004, became its Executive Director.  In 2010 his office was renamed Innovation Alliances and Services to reflect a broader role in supporting and enhancing interactions to advance technology commercialization. In July 2014, Dr. Tucker assumed the role of Interim Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies while the Office of the President searches for a new permanent head of the department.

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