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Auburn’s technology transfer office has a new name

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This post originally appeared on the Auburn University Newsroom.

Beginning in August, the Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization, or IAC, adopted a new name: The Intellectual Property Exchange, also known as “The IP Exchange” and “IPX.”

The new name is reflective of internal reorganization and an ongoing commitment to translating innovative Auburn ideas into meaningful impacts throughout the state, region and nation. Under the leadership of Bill Dean, executive director of the Office of External Engagement and Support as well as the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, the IP Exchange is comprised of existing IAC staff in an updated structure with processes that are being streamlined.

“We want to support and provide services to our innovative, entrepreneurially minded faculty in an effort to move Auburn discoveries into the marketplace. Through commercialization and licensing activity, life-enhancing research and scholarship are made accessible to the citizens of Alabama and beyond,” said Dean. “I’m also looking forward to leveraging the natural connections between the IP Exchange and the New Venture Accelerator to grow the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem in The Park.”

To reflect and strengthen this new name and identity, IPX is in the process of developing a new website: In the interest of continuity and to ensure a smooth transition, the previous web address ( will remain active for the next twelve months. Individual staff email addresses and phone numbers will also remain the same as will the unit’s physical mailing address.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Leslie Parsons Chapman at (334) 844-6147 or at [email protected].