Erik Iverson, who takes the helm July 1 at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, will make his first public appearance in the state at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in June.

Iverson, president of business and operations for the Infectious Disease Research Institute in Seattle, will oversee one of the oldest and largest university-affiliated technology transfer offices in the country. WARF was formed in 1925 to commercialize a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor’s vitamin D discovery and manages a $2.6 billion endowment.

WARF and its peers have in recent years faced challenges as traditional patenting and licensing models have been challenged by pharmaceutical firms’ increasing reliance on start-ups for new products and the growth of information technology, which often shuns patents. Read the full Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story here.