Robert “Bob” Quinn has been named the new executive director of SCRA, a state-chartered organization that concentrates on the development of jobs in the technology industry in South Carolina.
Beginning Aug. 1, Quinn will step into the leadership role with the organization.
The newly appointed leader is currently employed at the Battelle Memorial Institute, the largest nonprofit research and development organization across the globe. Battelle employees more than 22,000 workers and boasts 60 plus locations around the world.
Quinn has demonstrated impressive leadership skills by developing relationships with universities, national laboratories, corporations and government agencies while serving as the managing director for Technology Commercialization and Advisory Services for Battelle’s subsidiary, 360ip Pte. Ltd. In addition, Quinn serves as a board director of TechBridge Ventures, a business that specializes in technology development and commercialization.
“For the past eight years, I have been focused on technology commercialization and economic development primarily in Asia and the Middle East,” Quinn said. “My new position at SCRA provides me with the opportunity to use my decades of experience to advance the economy in South Carolina — a state that I love dearly. I look forward to utilizing my experience to grow and develop the state’s innovation economy by enhancing the SC Launch program, furthering commercialization of university research and building industry partnerships.”
As the acting Director of Technology Commercialization at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Quinn maintained a collection of more than 850 patents, 500 patent application and 100 plus licenses. By offering a unique perspective and intelligence in the tech-transfer process, Quinn has consistently been involved in technology development and commercialization.
“Bob is a proven leader with substantial, relevant experience and quantifiable results,” SCRA Board of Trustees’ Chairman Bill Blume said. “He is uniquely qualified for the executive director role given his background in strategic alignment with universities, governments and other collaborative relationships, investments and due diligence and technology commercialization. In SCRA’s enabling legislation, we were tasked with collaborating with the research universities to assist in research and technology development and growing South Carolina’s technology-based economy. Bob is the ideal candidate to execute and implement SCRA’s strategic plan, and we look forward to leveraging his leadership skills to build upon existing relationships and cultivate high-tech job growth throughout the state.”
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