HONOLULU (Nov. 20, 2013) — The University of Hawai‘i’s Vice President for Research and Innovation Vassilis Syrmos has announced the hiring of a new licensing associate who will focus on medical research and cancer discoveries.
Dr. Su Jun Lim joined the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (OTTED) in November.
Lim moved to OTTED from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she conducted her postdoctoral research. She will assist in technology commercialization in the areas of biology, health and medical sciences.
“We welcome Dr. Lim, with her background in genetics and bioinformatics,” said Syrmos. “Her technical expertise in health and medical sciences enhances the capability of the university to further advance the commercialization of technologies at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and the UH Cancer Center as part of the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative.”
Lim obtained her Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York in 2011. Prior to joining OTTED, Dr. Lim conducted her postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and worked at the Technology Advancement Office at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Her long-standing research interests include epigenetics and chromatin regulation.
“I am excited to be working in service to the University of Hawai‘i and am passionate about bridging the university and the public to facilitate transfer of knowledge from research laboratories to applications that can benefit the society,” Lim said.
She joins two other licensing associates and a senior licensing associate at OTTED. OTTED is a support center that is focused on the commercialization of UH technologies and that reports to the Vice President for Research and Innovation.
The University of Hawai‘i (UH) was established in 1907 and its campuses are all fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The UH System now comprises all public higher education in the State and provides a rich array of associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degrees and certificates to about 60,000 students through seven community colleges, two baccalaureate campuses and a major research university that holds land-, space- and sea-grant designations. For more information, visit www.hawaii.edu.
The University of Hawai‘i is working in partnership with the private sector and government to build a thriving $1-billion research enterprise in Hawai‘i that will develop a third major economic sector for the State, create thousands of high-quality living-wage jobs, and address the challenges and opportunities that face our communities and the world to improve our quality of life. More information about the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative is available online at http://hawaii.edu/innovation.
The Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (OTTED) is a service-oriented research support center organized for the purpose of helping UH faculty, staff, and students identify, manage, protect, and commercialize the University’s intellectual property assets so that they can benefit society and spur economic growth for our State and national economies. More information about OTTED can be found at www.otted.hawaii.edu.