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Michael Moore is UND's new leader for IP commercialization, economic development

“Besides producing well-educated students — our No. 1 product —UND research also produces scientific knowledge, publications, and advancements in certain arts.  These advancements have commercial potential and can support a product.  Intellectual property based on these research advancements can also form the foundation of a company that could take root in the Grand Forks area and hopefully provide jobs.” — Michael Moore

Michael Moore

Assisting Michael Moore (seated) is his Intellectual Property Commercialization and Economic Development team: (left to right) Tara Kopplin, licensing assistant, physical sciences; Kumi Nagamoto-Combs, licensing assistant, life sciences; Jason Jenkins, assistant general counsel and patent attorney; and Michael Goodman-Sadler, legal intern.

Mike Moore is a practical guy, down-to-earth, and easy to talk to.

It’s just the recipe for the person who needs to inspire lots of faculty members at the University of North Dakota to come up with marketable ideas — the kind that will generate license revenue that Mike hopes to mostly plow back into UND’s research enterprise.

Meet Michael Moore, the University’s associate vice president for intellectual property commercialization and economic development.  His group is part of the Division of Research and Economic Development, headed by Vice President Phyllis Johnson.

“I’m excited to have Mike coming to lead UND’s technology transfer and economic development program,” Johnson said.  “This area is poised for significant growth, and Mike was the unanimous choice of the search committee to lead that growth.  His experience in licensing in the life sciences will also be very valuable to the University because there’s significant growth in our region in the life science sector.”

Moore is now head of UND’s Office of Intellectual Property Commercialization and Economic Development (IPCED), which is responsible for protection and commercialization of University research innovations, including aerospace sciences, computer sciences, medicine and health sciences, engineering and physical sciences.

“Our office — with the help of the UND Office of General Counsel — will draft, file and prosecute patent applications for inventions,” Moore said.  “We will work with inventors to define their inventions and market technology portfolios of inventions, to promote new business ventures, and to build business alliances that will accelerate the transition of inventions to the marketplace.”

The office is also responsible for drafting and negotiating all of UND’s legal intellectual property agreements, such as confidentiality, material transfer, and licensing agreements.

That’s the legal part.  For Moore, there’s also a significant human side — what he considers the vital part of creating an atmosphere of creativity and entrepreneurship among researchers, scholars, and artists on campus.

Moore received an M.S. degree in biotechnology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry from Northern Illinois University.  Before coming here, he was the manager of strategic accounts and compliance at the University of Minnesota; he also did significant licensing deals for Minnesota’s life science technologies.  Moore is a past vice president for the Central Region of Association of University Technology Managers and is active in the Licensing Executives Society.

Moore spent 12 years at Amersham Life Science and held positions in radio-pharmaceutical manufacturing and method development, product applications, new technology assessment, and product management (marketing).  At the time he left Amersham, one of the core technologies that he helped develop — enhanced chemiluminescence, or ECL™ — had become a staple in the area of DNA and protein detection.  So he earned his intellectual property stripes in the field, actually doing IP development.

“Lisa and I were very excited to move to Grand Forks,” Moore said.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for me to work with Vice President Johnson and her team, along with the entrepreneurial UND faculty and business community to enhance technology commercialization efforts at the University.”

Moore, a native of Harvard, Ill., and his wife, Lisa, have two children:

Bobby, 21, a student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Jennifer, 18, a student at the University of St. Thomas.

Juan Pedraza | Staff Writer