New Pratt Senior Associate Dean for Industrial Partnerships and Research Commercialization Appointed

Barry MyersDURHAM, N.C. -- Professor Barry Myers has been appointed senior associate dean for industrial partnerships and research commercialization at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. Myers will lead the school’s efforts to increase industry involvement in engineering education, research, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.

A member of the Duke faculty since 1991, Myers earned an M.D.-Ph.D. from Duke in 1991 and an M.B.A. from Duke in 2005. He is the Anderson-Rupp Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and he holds joint appointments in surgery, biological anthropology and anatomy, and business administration.

Myers also is director of the Duke Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization (CERC). CERC is a collaborative effort to develop a network of expertise across Duke and the Research Triangle Park community to support commercialization of faculty research and to create applied interdisciplinary experiences for Duke students interested in entrepreneurship and socially minded enterprises. CERC includes representatives from Duke’s Office of Licensing and Ventures, the Fuqua School of Business, the School of Medicine, Arts and Sciences, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

“Professor Myers has a natural inclination to think of research in terms of commercial applications, and that makes him ideal for this position,” said Pratt School Dean Kristina M. Johnson. “He will assist our faculty in translating technology to industry through licensing and spin-offs, and he will help in linking industry to our strategic research initiatives in bioengineering, photonics, biologically inspired materials and environmental engineering.”

Myers will serve as Pratt’s liaison to Duke’s Office of Licensing and Ventures, complementing efforts to increase the number and quality of intellectual property applications. He also will assist faculty in preparing the industrial outreach and relationship management programs now required for many large federally funded research center proposals.

Myers and George Truskey, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, led Duke’s proposal development for the prestigious five-year Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership Award in 2005. The foundation fosters collaborations among biomedical engineers and clinical medical researchers that have a high probability of moving biomedical ideas into clinical practice. The Department of Biomedical Engineering is one of only nine departments selected nationally to receive an award. Myers now serves as project director for the Duke-Coulter program.

Myers said he is particularly interested in drawing industry into engineering design courses. “I want our design classes to focus on engineering and business innovation,” he said. “By thinking in both dimensions, Pratt students will learn to scale up their ideas to have greater impact and to better serve our mission of bringing innovation to the service of society.”

Myers serves as a faculty adviser to the Duke Start-Up Challenge, and to the recently formed undergraduate student group called Duke Entrepreneur.