UA Science Technology Commercialization Support

University Intellectual Property (IP) can become the basis of new products or services that are licensed by an existing or new company, a process and outcome well understood in Arizona’s entrepreneurial, science and technology-centric community. Many top scholars in science desire to create an impact beyond the laboratory and classroom. To attract and retain such talented people The University of Arizona (UA) must have a world-class technology transfer operation. For many reasons and for many stakeholders technology transfer is increasingly integrating into academic culture. The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) is a unit within a broader operation at The UA called Tech Launch AZ (TLA).  David N. Allen, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of TLA. Allen reports to President Hart and is a member of the President’s Cabinet.  Central to the mission of TLA is to reenergize the commercialization process at UA.  

As part of this new organization, Paul Eynott, Ph.D., is an embedded Licensing Manager within OTT and the College of Science led by Executive Dean Ruiz.  Paul’s role as a Licensing Manager within the College of Science is to pro-actively work with College of Science faculty and their inventions, ensuring greater cohesion among College of Science faculty, students, staff and OTT. In particular, Paul works with OTT aiding in the efficient processing of new invention disclosures, licensing and business development-related activities [Learn more about The Office of Technology Transfer]. Primary objectives include providing process support services to faculty in order to successfully commercialize IP. In addition, ensuring College of Science faculty and staff are aware of the Proof-of-Concept Program and other TLA related Initiatives.  

As part of the Dean’s Office, Paul provides support for multidisciplinary research projects, training and outreach proposals originating from Departments and Schools within the College of Science. Responsibilities include research program strategy development, coordination of team approaches to large projects involving faculty and administrative staff from various academic schools and central administrative units, and proposal preparation and submission. Paul works with relevant University Offices, including Corporate Relations and Foundation Development, to coordinate proposals to corporations, foundations, and to support interdisciplinary grant activities involving corporate or foundation participation. Other duties include special projects for Executive Dean Ruiz.

For inquiries regarding College of Science licensing, invention disclosures and start-ups contact:

Paul R. Eynott, PhD
University of Arizona
Office of Technology Transfer, Tech Launch Arizona
Dean's Office, College of Science
Gould-Simpson Building, Room 1025
1040 E. Fourth Street
Tucson, AZ 85721-0077
Tel: (520) 471-2687

Paul received a Doctorate in Pharmacology from Imperial College London, where he completed post-doctoral assignments. Paul received his B.Sc. in Pharmacology from the University of Manchester. Before joining the College of Science and more recently assuming a joint appointment in the Office of Technology Transfer, Paul held various positions within Sanofi-Aventis, including Head of North America for Partnering and Innovation for research and has been involved in several start-ups in both the biological sciences and software space. Paul is a published scientist and has been a panelist on discussions about innovation and commercialization of early stage assets. He is currently studying for his Executive MBA at the Eller College of Management.

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