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Mark Crowell

Vice President of Innovation & Economic Development, KAUST


​Mark Crowell is Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.  His prior professional roles include serving as founding Executive Director of UVa Innovation at the University of Virginia; Vice President for Business Development at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla and Palm Beach; Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Transfer and Economic Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Transfer and Industry Research at NC State University; and Director of Technology Transfer at Duke University. 

Mark was 2005 President of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), served for five years as Chair of BIO's Technology Transfer Committee, and is a member of numerous regional, national and international boards, committees and organizations (including APEC's Life Sciences Innovation Forum).  He consults nationally and worldwide in matters related to innovation-based economic development strategy and policy, translational research partnerships, university-industry research collaborations, and academic technology transfer; his clients include the World Bank, BIO, the Arkansas Research Alliance, Eva Klein and Associates, and a number of universities and NGOs. 

Mark currently serves as a member of the Innovation Council appointed by University of California System President Janet Napolitano.  In 2013, he received the Bayh-Dole Award from AUTM "in recognition of his lifetime contributions to advancing academic innovations."  In April 2014, the US Chamber of Commerce named UVa Innovation as its 2014 "Champion of Intellectual Property."  He has written and presented lectures throughout the world on the subject of best practices in the management of academic innovation and university-industry alliances, including providing testimony on two occasions on these subjects to the U.S. Congress.  In 2011, Mark was invited by the White House to attend President Barack Obama's signing ceremony for the "America Invents Act" in recognition of his university work and national and international thought leadership on the university's role in facilitating innovation-based economic development.

All sessions by Mark Crowell

  • TuesdayApril 26
8:40 AM

Opening Remarks by Mark Crowell

3:15 PM

Human Capital Needs for IP Management

Moderator: Sami Alsodais – Director General, Saudi Patent Office, KACST.

 Mark Crowell
Vice President of Innovation & Economic Development, KAUST
 Osamah Alamri
CEO, Makkah Techno Valley Company
 Bradley D. Lytle
Attorney at Law, Oblon LLP Margaret A. Focarino Senior Patent Advisor, Oblon LLP