David N. Allen, Ph.D., began his leadership of Tech Launch Arizona in September 2012. He has over 30 years of experience in technology-related research, instruction and practice. Before coming to the University of Arizona, Dr. Allen served as the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Technology Transfer at the University of Colorado from February 2002 to August 2012. Prior to CU, he was an AVP at Ohio State (Columbus), Ohio University (Athens) and a professor at Penn State University (University Park).
He has brought an innovative and accelerated approach to the University of Arizona’s technology commercialization engine. Since his arrival, he has led the complete transformation of the UA’s former Office of Technology Transfer and the long-standing Office of University Research Parks into Tech Launch Arizona and was given the keys to drive change by reporting directly to University President Ann Weaver Hart.
Dr. Allen has drawn talent from across the nation to build the TLA team, implemented original and best practices processes, and cultivated an innovation ecosystem that leverages partners across the UA and the extended Arizona business and UA alumni communities.
Since September 2012, TLA has received over 800 invention disclosures, filed close to 1,000 U.S. patent applications, executed over one hundred exclusive licenses and launched 40 startups. Under his leadership, the organization has built a strong and trusted brand, and he and the TLA team have consistently met or exceeded their established metrics goals each year.
Dr. Allen earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington in Political Science, with a specialization in Political Economy, in 1980. His Ph.D. chairperson, the late Elinor Ostrom, was a co-recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Economics.