AUTM, an international nonprofit that supports the commercialization of academic research, has named a new chair with MSU ties to its Board of Directors.
Richard Chylla, who leads the technology transfer office at the MSU Innovation Center, accepted the appointment Feb. 13 at AUTM’s annual conference in Austin, sharing the announcement with nearly 2,000 attendees.
“All of us at this conference are fortunate to be working in a profession that encourages, facilitates, promotes, advances and sometimes drags technology from research laboratories to companies where it is transformed into products and services that make a better world,” Chylla said. “It’s an exciting journey.”
Chylla oversees a staff of 20, managing and protecting MSU’s diverse intellectual property portfolio, including marketing and negotiating technology transfer opportunities with industry, and identifying innovations with potential to form startup companies.
AUTM CEO Stephen Susalka said Chylla is a strong leader. “He has a wealth of experience in technology transfer and a substantial industry background with knowledge of how companies commercialize ground breaking innovations,” Susalka added.
Chylla spent the first two decades of his career in the specialty chemicals industry working in a variety of technology management, engineering and product development roles that included assignments in Europe and Asia. He developed technology that achieved more than $1 billion in sales over the life of the patents.
Chylla said he is proud to represent MSU though AUTM, an organization with 3,000 members who work in more than 800 universities, research centers, hospitals, businesses and government organizations around the globe.
“Every day we work to advance academic innovation to solve world problems,” Chylla said. “If you think about it, that’s the mission of land-grant universities, and as the nation’s founding land-grant university, it’s honorable to stand behind MSU and help take the lead.”