About Us

Mission: To commercialize university intellectual property and catalyze collaboration between university, industry and government for societal benefit while generating income to support research and education.

Meet Our Team

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Andy E. Byrd, MBA, PhD

Director

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Andrew E. Byrd guides the strategic vision of the Office of Commercialization and Industry Collaboration. As Director he is involved in all aspects of the University's commercialization efforts, including working with faculty inventors, determining patent filing strategies and identifying best-fit collaboration opportunities with private industry. Andrew serves on the University's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee, is on the Board of Directors of BioAlabama and is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers.

 

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Reggie Taylor, JD

Associate Director

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Reggie Taylor, Associate Director, manages the University's intellectual property portfolio. As a registered patent agent, he is primarily responsible for managing the patenting process of University inventions and discoveries. Reggie actively participates in the assessment of the patentability of University technology. As an attorney, he coordinates with internal and external legal counsel to ensure technologies are appropriately protected.

 

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David J. Hinton, PhD

Marketing & Licensing Associate

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David J. Hinton is experienced in academic intellectual property commercialization. As Marketing and Licensing Associate, David works with inventors and entrepreneurs to develop University technology into marketable products. He actively establishes industry partnerships to license intellectual property. David serves on the University's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee and the USA Marketing and Communications Advisory Committee.  David is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and the Association of University Technology Managers.

 

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Derek W. Rowan

Intellectual Property Marketing Intern

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Derek W. Rowan is the Intellectual Property Marketing Intern. He is a Senior, Marketing major with a concentration in Professional Sales. His role in the organization is to facilitate license agreement compliance and also maintain the integrity of confidential information. This semester he will reach out to companies to establish contact for future collaboration. As the VP of Southerners, official student campus ambassadors, he is responsible for planning the 30th annual Oozeball tournament. After graduation, his plan is to sell medical devices for a renowned healthcare provider.

 

Colin Al-Green

Colin S. Al-Greene

Law Student Extern

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Colin S. Al-Greene is a law student extern, working under Associate Director Reggie Taylor. Colin is a Second Year Law Student at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. He performs various tasks, such as: creating documents, maintaining the filing system in the office, and reviewing existing applications. Colin is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, where he completed a B.A. in Political Science, a Masters of Public Administration, and is currently All But Thesis for an M.A. in Communication. During his undergraduate education, Colin served as President of the Student Government Association.

 

Previous Interns

▼   Misty Macabuhay
Misty Macanuhay was our Marketing Intern during the Spring semester of 2017.  Misty is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Marketing with a concentration in International Business from the University of South Alabama.
▼   Mellisa Low
Mellisa Low was our Marketing Intern during the Fall semester of 2017. Mellisa is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Marketing with a concentration in International Business from the University of South Alabama.
▼   Nick Brito
Nick Brito was our Marketing Intern during the Spring semester of 2016.  Nick has a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the University of South Alabama.
▼   John Daly
John Daly was our Technology Intern during the Spring semester of 2016. John has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and is pursuing a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Alabama.
▼   Hannah Hughes
Hannah Hughes was our Marketing Intern during the Fall semester of 2015 and the Spring semester of 2016.  Hannah has a bachelor's degree in Marketing with a concentration in Marketing Management from the University of South Alabama.
▼   Jayaprakash Nalluri
Jayaprakash Nalluri was our Technology Intern during the Fall semester of 2015.  Jayaprakash has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University and a master's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Alabama.