The UVM Innovations team offers clients a collaborative approach and years of experience in the licensing, marketing, and commercialization of innovative technologies
Corine Farewell, Director
Corine Farewell (DVM, MBA) joined us in the Spring of 2012 from the University of Rochester. Since 1998 at Cornell University and then University of Rochester, Dr. Farewell has been active in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship pursuits.
Prior to her technology transfer roles, Dr. Farewell provided technical services, marketing, training and development expertise internationally for the Iams Company and practiced veterinary medicine in Germany.
John N. Evans, Interim Vice President for Research
John N. Evans (PhD) As Vice President for Research, Dr. Evans is responsible for fostering the commercialization of intellectual property of the faculty, staff and students of the University. He is also charged with building and enhancing strong relationships between the University and the private sector in Vermont, the region, and across the nation.
Dr. Evans serves as President of the Vermont Technology Council (VTC), a consortium of State leaders working to engage higher education, government and the private sector to build a strong and prosperous economy. Dr. Evans is a founding member of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), and currently serves on its board.
Kerry Elizabeth Swift, Technology Licensing Officer
Kerry Swift (MS) has been our Technology Licensing Officer since arriving at UVM from MIT in 2004. She also served as OTC's Interim Director from 2011 to 2012. At MIT's Technology Licensing Office, Kerry licensed MIT technologies in the biomedical and device sectors for six-and-a-half years. She holds a Master of Science in Molecular and Microbiology from Tufts University and is a magna cum laude biochemistry graduate of the University of New Hampshire.
At UVM, Kerry facilitates the disclosure of new technologies and their transfer to both established and new start-up companies for commercialization. Kerry also supports UVM's industry-related research activities with her experience in negotiating a wide variety of funding and research support agreements with both large and small companies.
Beth M. Hill, Marketing/Communications
As Marketing & Communications Manager, Beth's role is to develop and implement UVM Innovations' marketing and communications strategy, including brand identity: website, blog and social media platforms; publications; and public and media relations. Her background includes international Science, Medical and Technical publishing and Industrial Outreach. Beth holds undergraduate degrees in both English and Psychology and is pursuing MA in English.
Jason Powell, JD, Business Support Generalist
A native Vermonter, Jason joined the office in 2013 and serves as a Business Support Generalist. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSE in computer science and a BS in linguistics and was awarded a JD from the UCLA School of Law in 2012. He is admitted to the State Bar of Vermont.
Rachel Schek, Analyst
Rachel Schek's first interaction with the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) was as an inventor while working in UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Rachel possesses an MS and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she worked at a start-up company focused on spinal repair technology partially built on her doctoral research. In 2009, Rachel relocated to Vermont and commenced a post-doctoral research position at UVM. She began working at the OTC in late 2012.