U. Of Utah To Overhaul Technology Ventures As Boss Steps Aside

Monday, July 16, 2012

The University of Utah is retooling its tech-commercialization machinery while extending a paid one-year leave of absence to the current system’s architect, Jack Brittain.

Brittain stepped down July 1 as vice president of technology venture development while officials look to "take full advantage of university research and to better facilitate coordination of technology across campus," the university announced in a press release Friday afternoon.

Brittain’s departure was disclosed in the last paragraph of the release, even though it is the most salient information. During his leave, he is expected to "help explore creation of a new institute to enhance the student side of academic entrepreneurship and technology commercialization."

Such an entity already exists in the form of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Center, but U. spokesman Keith Sterling said the idea is to spread the concept across the university. Brittain will continuing drawing his $424,000 paycheck, among the U.’s most lucrative administrative salaries.

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