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IIP Welcomes New I-Corps™ Program Director

The Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) welcomed new Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Program Director Cindy WalkerPeach in early October.

I-Corps™ Program Director Cindy WalkerPeach


October 18, 2017

 

The NSF Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) welcomed new Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program Director Cindy WalkerPeach in early October.

Prior to joining NSF, WalkerPeach served as the director for healthcare-focused, life-sciences startups at the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) at the University of Texas at Austin.  She was responsible for critically evaluating new business ventures, managing a portfolio of startups and providing business mentoring to technology-focused entrepreneurs. 

As an executive and startup management team member at Ambion Inc. and Asuragen Inc., WalkerPeach has deep experience in clinical and biotech. Her specialty areas include product development and technology assessment, business management and operations, corporate business development and strategic product partnering, drug and companion diagnostic assay co-development, university and commercial collaborations, technology licensing, and nucleic acid-based technologies. 

WalkerPeach holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 

Learn more about NSF I-Corps at nsf.gov/i-corps.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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