Gary W. Plourde, PhD, a patent expert with wide-ranging expertise in chemistry, healthcare, and other industries, has been named director of technology transfer and venture creation at the University of Bridgeport (UB), officials announced today.

Effective June 4, 2018, Plourde is responsible for managing the University’s CTNext grant to grow and expand innovation, entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and commercialization for UB and its partner institutions, including Fairfield University, Housatonic Community College, and Norwalk Community College.

The CTNext grant was awarded to UB in January 2018 and is worth $720,000, including University maching funds, over three years.

The grant allows UB and its partners “to accelerate technology inventions and startups to build new capabilities at each partner institution, expand its innovation and entrepreneurial capabilities, and create potential new jobs and businesses in Connecticut,” said Tarek M. Sobh, PhD, senior vice president for graduate studies and research and dean of the School of Engineering at UB.

Plourde most recently worked as a patent agent at San Francisco-based Janus Angels. Previously, he worked in the area of chemical patent litigation at Goodwin Procter in New York City and as a chemical patent specialist at Pfizer, Inc.

He has a Master of Science in Finance from Golden Gate University, an MBA in Healthcare Management from University of California, Irvine, a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Clemson University, and a Juris Doctor from University of Richmond School of Law.

“We’re very excited to have Dr. Plourde join the University of Bridgeport. He’ll help us accelerate and grow the entrepreneurship and innovation environment at UB and at UB partner institutions,” said Gad Selig, dean of Industry Outreach & Business Development.

Plourde said, “Economic development is one of my passions, and this role, as director of technology transfer and venture creation, allows me to really contribute to UB and its new programs in innovation and technology transfer.”

UB is home to several entrepreneur and innovation centers. CTech IncUBator, Fairfield County’s first campus-based business incubator, opened at UB in 2010. The Ernest C. Trefz School of Business houses the Student Entrepreneur Center, and later this year, a renovated Bauer Hall will reopen the newest resource on campus, the Innovation Center. Equipped with technology to 3D printers and staffed by attorneys, engineers, and other experts, the Innovation Center at Bauer Hall has been designed to be the state’s most comprehensive support system for Connecticut-based start-ups and student-entrepreneurs.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (03) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgpeort.edu