Ohio University alumnus Kevin King has been named the institution’s first director of industry partnerships, a new position designed to help Ohio University develop and enhance private sector relationships that support research, technology commercialization, fundraising and student career opportunities.
The director of industry partnerships reports to the vice president for research and creative activity and maintains an office at the Innovation Center on West State Street. In this role, King will work with academic colleges, student career service offices, the Division of University Advancement and the Research Division to foster relationships and create synergies with current and new industry contacts.
“Kevin brings outstanding industry and academic credentials for this position, and will have an important role in enabling the university to expand its engagement with the private sector for mutual benefit,” said Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College.
King earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Ohio University and a doctoral degree in biology from the University of Missouri. He has more than 18 years of managerial experience in research and development in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry organizations.
King previously worked for the Athens headquarters of the Quidel Corporation (formerly Diagnostic Hybrids), where he had served as the senior director of research and development since January 2011. He was employed by Diagnostic Hybrids as director of BioMed Services from 2008 to 2010. King previously worked as a scientist and biotechnology group leader at the Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, Mo.
“Thanks to recent investments, Ohio University is poised for an exciting period of growth in the areas of research and creative work, new educational experiences, and campuses. Industry partnerships already are fostering an even greater culture of innovation at the university and will help drive that growth. I am very excited to help accelerate these initiatives and share all the exciting things going on at OHIO with the private sector,” King said.
Various Ohio University offices currently maintain relationships with industry partners for research, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and student internship and career placement services. The university created the position of director of industry partnerships to develop synergies among these existing relationships and seek opportunities to expand them. In addition, the position will be available as a first point of contact for prospective industry partners.
“It is increasingly evident that robust cooperation and collaboration with outside partners is essential for achieving Ohio University’s mission in the 21st century,” Shields said. “The addition of a director of industry partnerships will significantly enhance our ability to pursue activities that benefit our students and researchers, while responding to the needs of companies in Ohio and beyond.”
King can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (740) 593-1775.
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