The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF), the not-for-profit organization responsible for commercializing technology created by UT faculty, welcomes new leadership.

Dick Gourley, former dean of the College of Pharmacy at the UT Health Science Center (UTHSC), is interim president of the foundation. Gourley stepped down earlier this month as dean, a position he held since 1989. He has served on the foundation’s board of directors and as head of the UTRF Health Science Center executive committee since 2009.

David Washburn, assistant technology transfer director at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will be vice president of the multi-disciplinary office based in Knoxville, which oversees technologies developed at the UT campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin; UT Institute of Agriculture; and UT Space Institute. Washburn has more than ten years of experience in transferring technologies from research laboratories to the market. He will take over his position November 2.

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