ICR, UW partner on business development

BOULDER, CO – The Innovation Center of the Rockies in Boulder will partner with the Wyoming Technology Business Center and the Wyoming Research Products Center at the University of Wyoming to help nurture startups and commercialize inventions springing from research at the university.

Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

The Innovation Center of the Rockies selected David Bohling to serve as the program manager who will work directly with the two centers in Wyoming.

Jon Benson, chief executive of the WTBC, said Bohling’s background will be an asset in the effort to turn UW’s campus into an “engine of economic prosperity.” Bohling has a doctorate in inorganic chemistry, and he has 30 years of industry experience in materials and engineering, as well as thin films, chemical production and capital-equipment engineering.

Davona Douglass, director of the Wyoming Research Products Center, said the combination of Bohling’s expertise and the Innovation Center of the Rockies’ resources will support her center’s goals of transferring UW’s intellectual property to industry and facilitating the formation of startup companies.

Tim Bour, executive director of the Innovation Center of the Rockies, said Bohling is a “great example of the high level of talent we can bring to the table for our university partners.”

The Wyoming Technology Business Center is a business development program on the UW campus. Opening in 2006, the 30,000-square-foot facility offers laboratory, office and shared conference room space for client companies as well as co-location space in a data center.

The Wyoming Research Products Center launched in October 1999 as a collaborative effort between the University of Wyoming Research Office and the Wyoming Business Council. The RPC is the technology transfer office for the University of Wyoming.

The Innovation Center of the Rockies has a team of mentors and advisers to support entrepreneurs and startup companies.

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