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) is the Director of UVM Innovations (formally the Office of Technology Commercialization) and manages the UVM Ventures Fund. In this role, she provides guidance to the academic community on all aspects of protecting and commercializing university innovations. She has a proven record of identifying innovative opportunities and aligning the necessary human and material resources to implement sustainable initiatives, especially in building relationships between the private sector and academia. She is a lecturer in the Grossman School of Business co-teaching Technology Commercialization in the Sustainable Innovation Masters of Business Administration program.
Dr. Farewell joined the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College in the spring of 2012. Dr. Farewell has been active in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship since 1998 first with Cornell University as a Senior Technology Manager for the Life Sciences and later University of Rochester as Director of the Office of Technology Transfer on the River Campus.
Prior to her technology transfer roles, Dr. Farewell provided technical services, marketing, training and development expertise with international scope for the Iams Company throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa and previously practiced veterinary medicine in Germany. She earned Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Business Administration degrees from Cornell University.
Dr. Farewell has been an invited guest speaker for both scientific and management topics throughout Europe and the U.S., including lectures and panel discussions at the Bogazici University in Istanbul, the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, Krouse Graduate School of Management at Syracuse University, and several panel discussions at annual Association of University Technology Manager meetings as well as presentations at North American and European Veterinary and Animal Health Industry conferences. She has served on several boards representing the University as an ex-officio member or as a board member for companies unrelated to the university. She currently serves on the Agricultural and Natural Resource Committee for the Town of Monkton and has previously served on the Alumni Association Executive Committee for the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Johnson Graduate School of Management BR Incubator Advisory Board and the campus-wide Cornell Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise Program.
John N. Evans, Professor Emeritus, College of Medicine
Dr. John Evans, Professor Emeritus in the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, is currently Senior Advisor to the President and Provost. He also serves as President of the Vermont Technology Council, an organization that works to foster technology-enabled companies in Vermont by integrating the efforts of the private, public and academic sectors.
Dr. Evans earned his doctorate in 1976 from the University of Florida College of Medicine and has had a distinguished career as a biomedical researcher with numerous publications and honors including being named an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association. He has also served as Dean and Executive Dean of the College of Medicine with responsibility for the operations and strategy of the College with a budget in excess of 125 million dollars per year and with over 400 faculty and more than 500 staff.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vermont Mutual Insurance Company, the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, and the Vermont Technology Council. He is a past member of the Board of Fletcher Allen Healthcare and was Chair of the Board of the Practice Plan for the Clinical Faculty of the University. He has also served on the editorial Boards of a number of professional journals, including the American Review of Respiratory Disease and the American Review of Respiratory Disease.
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 the Interim Director of UVM Innovations 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.
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.