USF Appoints McDevitt Assistant V.P. for Research Patents & Licensing

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2009) -- The University of South Florida has named Valerie McDevitt to the post of Assistant Vice President for Research in the Division of Patents & Licensing.  McDevitt’s appointment recognizes the elevated importance of maximizing and protecting intellectual property developed by USF faculty, said Karen A. Holbrook, USF’s Vice President for Research & Innovation.


McDevitt is an eight-year veteran of the division of patents and licensing, having joined the university as an assistant director for the division in 2001 and advancing to the position of director in 2003.  The division is key in protecting intellectual property developed by USF researchers and allowing those inventions and discoveries to be translated into marketable products and new technologies.


Under McDevitt’s leadership, the division has expanded in recent years as the university’s research contracts and grants have grown to more than $360 million in 2008. In the past five years, USF researchers have been awarded 135 patents for their discoveries.


“USF is a growing university with enormous potential and I am excited to be a part of it,” McDevitt said. “ I am looking forward to building on our successes and continuing to advance the commercialization program here at USF under the leadership of Dr. Holbrook.”


Last year, McDevitt was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the Governor’s Task Force for the Study of Biotech Competitiveness. Before coming to USF, she was an assistant patent counsel for Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals. She also served as a Congressional Science Fellow with the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C., where she worked on a variety of topics including Clean Water Act issues and Superfund Reauthorization.  McDevitt is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and has earned a MST in analytical chemistry from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s of science in chemistry from Sienna College.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


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