Sparking Florida’s “innovation economy,” the Gainesville-based nonprofit Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research recently elected Rick Wassel chairman of its board of directors effective Jan. 1, joining leaders committed to cross-disciplinary collaboration.
"It is a privilege to serve as chairman of the Florida Institute board, and I look forward to leading the continued growth of the organization and the companies it supports," Wassel said. "Florida universities and research institutions are key drivers of economic development in the state, and these startup companies are developing products to solve some of the world's toughest health care and societal challenges."
Wassel is executive director, Strategy Office, for the Florida Division of Adventist Health System and managing director for IQ Orlando. With decades of experience, he has specialized in new ventures, strategy and development and serves on several boards in an advisory capacity.
"This is a critical time in the development of Florida's innovation economy, and Florida Institute board members contribute greatly, not only to this organization, but to the overall wellbeing of the state," David Day, the University of Florida’s assistant VP for Technology Transfer and Director, Office of Technology Licensing, said. "Rick has been a valued member of the board since his appointment in 2014, and we look forward to his leadership."
The Institute is a nonprofit organization established by the Florida legislature in 2007. Supporting new company creation based on publicly-funded research, the Institute collaborates with technology licensing officers across Florida to create new companies and jobs in global-oriented industries.
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