Following Alex St. John’s disclosure on Wednesday that he’s going to become an “entrepreneur in residence” at the University of Washington, the schools’ Tech Transfer office today announced that he’s actually one of three local tech executives joining the school’s new EIR program.
Others include Deborah Kessler, a former Merck executive and chief operating officer of Rosetta Informatics, and Jeff Canin, a venture capitalist, investment banker and co-founder of the Center for Smart Energy.
St. John was a Microsoft evangelist before leaving to co-found Redmond game company Wild Tangent. He reportedly mentioned his new UW gig at a WTIA dinner event Wednesday night.
EIR, and a companion LaunchPad Entrepreneur Advisor program, are the first of several steps the UW is taking to emulate programs at institutions such as Harvard and Carnegie Mellon universities and the Los Alamos and Sandia national labs, Linden Rhoads, vice provost of the TechTransfer, said in the release.
They also seem designed to reinvigorate the UW’s 27-year-old program for commercializing its research.
Rhoads said the approach evolved from a conversation with State Sen. Jim Kastama at a state Economic Development Commission meeting.
The initial LaunchPad Entrepreneur Advisors serving as business mentors are:
– Joe Eichinger, co-founder and president of CoAptus Medical
– Bill Gossman, former chief executive of Revenue Science
– John Hansen, former Vallent chief executive
– Michael Hovanes, a medical device and imaging entrepreneur
– Will Poole, former Microsoft Windows vice president
– Chris Porter, former CellPro president
– Sterling Wilson, former Qpass president and executive at Concur.