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Dartmouth Establishes Entrepreneurship Office

Hanover — Dartmouth College has selected biotechnology entrepreneur and Thayer School bioengineering professor Tillman Gerngross to be associate provost of the newly created Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer. Trip Davis, a technology entrepreneur and administrator at the University of Virginia who graduated from Dartmouth in 1990, will serve as executive director.

The new office will oversee several existing operations, including the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center and the Technology Transfer Office. It will serve as a resource for the Dartmouth community on entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and technology commercialization. This new structure follows the recommendations of two faculty committees led by Martin Wybourne, interim provost and vice provost for research.

In consultation with the provost, Gerngross and Davis will form a steering committee to oversee the office. They also intend to form a faculty advisory council and a commercial advisory council.

Gerngross will assume his new position while continuing to teach at Thayer, conduct research and serve as a co-founder of new biotechnology-related ventures. Over the past decade, he has founded several venture-backed companies, including GlycoFi, which was acquired by Merck for $400 million in 2006. The same year, the journal Nature Biotechnology named Gerngross one of the most notable people in biotechnology of the past decade. Since selling GlycoFi, Gerngross co-founded Adimab, Arsanis and most recently Avitide.

Davis will move to Hanover in June to take on his new role. Since February 2011, he has served as the president of the Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia and senior associate dean for external relations at Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where he earned his MBA in 1994. He was named one of the top 25 most influential executives in the travel industry in 2002 and 2007 by Business Travel News. He co-founded his first venture, Green Room Productions, in 1995 in San Francisco with Dartmouth classmates Eric Butz and Greg Waldbaum.

The search committee for the executive director was chaired by Gerngross and included faculty and staff representatives from Arts & Sciences, Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, Tuck School of Business, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.