John Biondi, who since 2014 has directed Discovery to Product—a program that helps students, faculty, and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison turn ideas into companies—says he’s leaving the organization later this month.
Biondi’s last day will be Aug. 31, he says in an interview with Xconomy.
“We have an incredible number of great ideas here at the University of Wisconsin, many of which can become products, companies, and jobs in Wisconsin,” he says.
UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), an independent organization that manages patents and licensing of intellectual property for the university, put forth $1.6 million apiece in late 2013 to launch Discovery to Product, or D2P. Biondi was brought on to direct the program not long after. WARF is among the oldest and most successful university-affiliated technology commercialization offices in the U.S. However, some professors and leaders at UW-Madison have said the university could do more to support tech transfer. Read the full story here.