David Tiemeier Named Managing Director of Research Translation at UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Friday, August 23, 2019

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UC Irvine (UCI) Beall Applied Innovation has named David Tiemeier the managing director for the Research Translation Group (RTG), effective Sept. 3. He will report directly to Richard Sudek, Applied Innovation’s executive director and chief innovation officer at UCI.

In this role, Tiemeier will lead RTG and build robust relationships with companies to facilitate and promote the use of UCI research while driving forward the translation and commercialization of UCI intellectual property.

Tiemeier brings with him extensive experience in scientific research, business development and building high-performance teams within academic, biotech and Big Pharma environments.

Throughout his career, he has been a tireless supporter of entrepreneurship and his roles have reflected his desire to stimulate innovation.  This includes his role as the deputy director for the Office of Technology and Intellectual Property at the University of Chicago, where he led the project management team responsible for faculty relations and technology transfer and co-founded the University’s original Innovation Fund. From there, Tiemeier moved on to become the senior director for Innovation and New Ventures at Northwestern University. Here he focused on devising and managing research investment agreements, which preserved faculty and institutional control and helped create a pilot process to prioritize inventions in therapeutics, medical devices, and the physical sciences.

Most recently, Tiemeier honed his skills as the founder and president of Centripetal Force, LLC, a company dedicated to developing and applying innovative strategies to address and resolve scientific and societal issues.

“We have really been diligent in our search to fill this pivotal position,” said Sudek. “We are just completing five years of operation and we believe that David will successfully propel us into the next five years and beyond.”

RTG serves as a liaison for faculty and staff across all UCI departments to assist in developing strong alliances with industry for the benefit of technology translation and the evaluation of portfolio inventions. Services include processing invention disclosures, patenting innovation and connecting industry partners with relevant licensing opportunities.  RTG is focused on helping university faculty, physicians and researchers understand and navigate the translation of their discoveries.

“I am excited to join the Applied Innovation team,” said Tiemeier. “Its broad taste in innovative ideas and aggressive commitment to their application precisely matches my professional passion … the development of transformative products and of the people who are committed to translating the ideas behind them.” 

About UCI Beall Applied Innovation: UCI Beall Applied Innovation brings campus-based discoveries together with Southern California’s vibrant business community to support job creation and economic growth. To make this happen, UCI Beall Applied Innovation facilitates connections between UCI and entrepreneurs, inventors, the business community and investors. Additionally, UCI Beall Applied Innovation serves as a portal to the California and U.S. market and is helping to position Orange County, both nationally and internationally, as an innovative and robust business community and ecosystem.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. UCI is a Greater Irvine Chamber Leaders Circle gold-level sponsor.  For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.

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