The UVM Innovations team offers clients a collaborative approach and years of experience in the licensing, marketing, and commercialization of innovative technologies.


Corrine Farewell, Director of UVM Innovations


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.

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.

Richard Gomez, JD, Business Support Generalist


Richard Gomez is the UVM Innovations (UVMI) Intellectual Property (IP) and Business Manager.  In his role, Rick tracks and manages the patent prosecution activities of UVM’s innovative technologies, the financial costs of prosecution and revenue generated from technology licensing, and performs fiduciary and federal compliance reporting as required.

Prior to joining the UVMI office in 2016, Rick worked in various technical capacities for private sector companies in the pharmaceutical, environmental science, and water and air filtration fields.  In addition, he performed IP work at a prominent solar technology company, and evaluated numerous Hurricane Sandy storm-damaged properties under NEPA for an environmental consulting firm, to assess whether rehabilitation activities would affect the environment under applicable Federal and State environmental laws and regulations.

Rick earned a B.Sc. and MS degree (Cell Biology) from the University of Vermont, and received both Juris Doctorate (JD) and Masters in Environmental Law (MSEL) degrees from Vermont Law School in 2003.  He is admitted to the State Bar of Vermont and is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO.

Tina Thornton, Faculty Entrepreneurship Lead

Mollie Davis, Student Entrepreneurship Coordinator