Letter from Vice Provost for Research

July 17, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that following a comprehensive search, we have selected Erik Halvorsen, Ph.D., as senior director of technology transfer and industry collaboration (TTIC) in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. He will join us on August 4.

Dr. Halvorsen most recently was executive director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Technology and Innovation Development Office. He assumed that post in 2007, and in 2009 he founded and became the managing partner of the Children’s Hospital Technology Development Fund. He has a strong track record of supporting start-up companies and serving as a board member and adviser to early stage companies in drug discovery, clinical diagnostics, health care information technology and social robotics.

Erik built a successful technology development office that integrated patents and licensing, business development, marketing, an investment fund and clinical trials. He helped create broad partnerships with pharmaceutical, diagnostic, device and software companies and established the institution’s first technology development fund to support new technologies prior to licensing or commercialization.

Before joining Children’s, Erik was director of business development at the Harvard University Office of Technology Development from 2002 to 2007 and held the role of director of business development for the Harvard Stem Cell Institute from 2005 to 2007. Erik received a B.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from the University of Virginia, as well as an M.S. in human anatomy from the Medical College of Virginia.

The core mission of the newly re-organized TTIC will be to identify, evaluate, patent, and commercialize innovative Tufts inventions and technologies and to more broadly and completely support research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercial translation of Tufts technologies. Our search committee is confident that Erik is the right person to spearhead these efforts and drive the strategic industry alliances needed to support research at Tufts. His vision and ability to implement and organize will build upon TTIC’s achievements and will provide an exceptional blend of collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit.

I would like to thank the members of the search committee for their partnership in making this appointment an overwhelming success. Please join me in welcoming Erik Halvorsen to Tufts. He invites you to contact him at erik.halvorsen@tufts.edu.

Best,

Diane L. Souvaine
Vice Provost for Research