INI Seminar: Robert Wooldridge

Time: February 20, 2009 - 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Location: DEC@CIC

Description:

Robert Wooldridge is the Director of the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation at Carnegie Mellon.

The INI Seminar takes place every Friday, 2:30 - 3:50 p.m., at the Distributed Education Classroom at the Collaborative Innovation Center (DEC@CIC).

Speaker: Robert Wooldridge

Talk Abstract: "Assessing the Suitability of Technologies for Start-up Opportunities"
Speaker Bio:

Mr. Wooldridge joined Carnegie Mellon's technology transfer operations as a licensing officer in 1997, eventually rising to the position of Director for the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation in 2002.  As Director, he completed a turnaround of the Center, from a $2M loss to break-even in three years and to operating profits starting in FY 2005. Over the past six years, the Center evaluated 781 disclosures, signed 525 license/option/other agreements, and assisted in the formation of 48 companies. Personally, he has completed license agreements with US, British, German, Japanese, and Swiss multinationals, the largest of which is expected to generate $15 million for Carnegie Mellon over the next four years.  Mr. Wooldridge serves as an active member and leader in the technology transfer community and most recently completed terms as the co-chair and chair of the U.S. Association of University Technology Managers' bi-annual Software Course. He has also served as a member of the board of directors or interim operating officer of several start-ups, including Mediasite, Wisdom Technologies, Carnegie Interactive, Chromodynamics, Carnegie Technology Holdings, and Carnegie Speech, where he participated in nine rounds of venture capital, two acquisitions, and one bankruptcy.

Prior to his career in technology transfer, Mr. Wooldridge spent ten years in industry, the majority of that time with a manufacturer of electrical and electronic components working closely with industrial partners throughout their process; starting with the design/R&D through product development and commercial introduction. Mr. Wooldridge earned his MBA and his BA in history and mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh.