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Linden Rhoads is leaving the UW Center for Commercialization

Jun 24, 2014

Jun 24, 2014, 11:11am PDT Linden Rhoads is leaving the UW Center for Commercialization Enlarge Photo Anthony Bolante Linden Rhoads is leaving her post as head of the University of Washington Center for Commercialization, known as C4C. She will remain as executive director through the end of the year and work part time in 2015. Linden Rhoads , vice provost at the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization (C4C), is leaving the post, the university announced Tuesday. Rhoads , a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” said she is ready to re-enter private business Vikram Jandhyala, a UW professor of engineering, will take over her duties in the new position of vice provost for innovation. Rhoads said the new, expanded position will work to make the university’s research have an impact on the international stage and give students entrepreneurship opportunities. “Research about science can have an impact in the world,” she said. “How can we at UW expand the potential for their academic work to have impact, have entrepreneurship opportunities?” Rhoads will stay on through the end of 2014 as executive director of the center to help with the transition and will work part-time through 2015. She will remain general manager of the UW Fund. The C4C works to increase the number of companies spun out of university research. Under Rhoads ’ management, the school doubled the number of patents filed each year. Before she came, the center had an average of spinning out seven companies a year. Now the average is 17 companies, and may hit 18 this year, Rhoads said. “I’m pleased with the great extent to which we opened the doors of the university to businesses and entrepreneurship,” she said. Jandhyala founded one of the companies created at UW, called Nimbic Inc., when he was a professor in 2006. The company was acquired by Mentor Graphics earlier this year. “He is really well known in the innovation ecosystem as a brilliant and visionary guy,” Rhoads said. “I wanted to leave when there was an obvious successor.” Page 1

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