About Us

A unique forum for representatives from Universities and Industry to find better ways to partner

The UIDP tackles strategic and tactical challenges impacting the environment for research collaboration. We are a project-oriented organization where our members identify issues impacting university-industry (U-I) relations and opportunities to develop new approaches to working together.

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Members of the UIDP work together to:

  • Maximize the potential of existing collaborations and partnerships along the entire Partnership Continuum.
  • Build new networks and opportunities for future collaboration.
  • Remove barriers to joint research project success.

Some of the finest innovation companies and best research universities in the world belong to UIDP, representing a broad cross-section of industry sectors, organizations and academic institutions. Working together, we find practical solutions to shared challenges impeding collaboration success, irrespective of who we are or where we work.

Identifying new partners

While UIDP’s focus is on developing practical solutions to address obstacles to collaboration, we know how challenging it can be to identify new partners with the right combination of shared values and strategic and technical competencies. We offer UIDP members several ways to identify and connect with potential new partners. Email us to learn more.

Leadership Circle Members

Leadership Circle membership carries with it an obligation to support the UIDP at a minimum level of $20,000 per year or $50,000 over a three-year period. In return, Leadership Circle Members receive benefits that enhance and catalyze the value proposition afforded Leadership Circle Members.

Current Leadership Circle Members: Boeing • CannonDesign • Elsevier • Georgia Tech • Northrop Grumman

Leadership Circle Members may nominate someone to sit on the Board, are prominently featured in UIDP materials, and have the opportunity to host UIDP events at their home location. To become a Leadership Circle Member, email info@uidp.net.

Our Mission

The UIDP supports mutually beneficial university-industry collaborations by developing and disseminating strategies for addressing common issues between the two sectors.

Our Values

  • The development of a deep understanding and respect of the diverse goals, missions, and cultures between our universities and companies, and appreciation of the synergy that they can afford
Open communication
  • An environment where mutual respect fosters candor and communication
Commitment to making a difference
  • Innovation for the public good, maximizing to the greatest extent possible, the information and products that will ultimately be available to the public
  • Mutual commitment to sharing our experiences, diverse perspectives, and expertise, and lead to high impact training and professional development Alignment of the varied goals and cultures of university and industry in pursuit of innovation and research
  • Strategic, result-oriented thinking and the development of practical, active demonstrations or pilots. Recognition of the benefits of university-industry collaborations and the opportunity lost when mutually beneficial agreements cannot be reached
  • An appropriate level of trust based upon personal engagement and shared experiences
  • A commitment to principled and transparent negotiations


Anthony M. Boccanfuso


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As the UIDP’s President, Tony is a leading expert on U-I relations, in print and on the speaker circuit, domestically and internationally. Tony holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a B.S. in Chemistry and Political Science from Furman University. Tony also serves as a consultant for government agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations and is Chair of the MedStar Health Research Institute. Tony and his family currently reside in Connecticut, where Tony’s wife, Dr. Laura Boccanfuso, is a social robotics researcher at Yale.

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Kristina Thorsell


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As the UIDP’s Project Manager, Kristina manages UIDP’s robust project portfolio. Kristina’s background is a unique hybrid of science and policy work: she holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Purdue University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park where she specialized in both International Development Policy and International Security & Economic Policy. Prior to joining the UIDP, Kristina interned with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law Program. Kristina and her husband, Ben, are based in the Washington D.C. area.

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Denise Duane


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Denise has been providing operational and administrative support to Tony and the UIDP since 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a Master of Arts in Communication from Ohio University. Prior to relocating to Columbia, South Carolina, Denise worked for the Rochester City School District in Rochester, NY for 15 years where she was an Analyst in the Department of Research, Testing and Records. Denise and her husband, Paul, are now based in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Elaine Brock

Contract Accords

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Elaine is a Project Manager for the UIDP, managing the Contract Accords and Master Agreements projects, both of which develop practical guidance and materials to help parties negotiating collaborative research agreements. She is President & Senior Partner at Contracts, Compliance, and Conflict of Interest Authority, LLC, where she provides advice and counsel to universities and small business on research administration issues.


Robert R. Starbuck


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Bob is a UIDP Associate, serving as our Treasurer and a co-lead on our Clinical Trials Project. He retired in 2008 after 32 years in the pharmaceutical industry, ending his career as the Assistant Vice President of Clinical Development, Special Projects at Wyeth Research in Collegeville, PA where he headed the biostatistics, clinical programming, clinical data management, and field monitoring functions.

Michele Hujber


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Michele provides communication support to UIDP. She is an Accredited public relations professional with more than 20 years experience in communication and holds a Masters in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University. Her consulting services include writing and editing, traditional and social media, and special event planning.

Michelle Lubaczewski


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Michelle assists the UIDP team with special projects and member database management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from the Rutgers University. Her professional background includes 10 years as Assistant Director at the Rutgers Employment Center, three years as a faculty member at DeVry University and four years as a Test Administrator for graduate law and medical school entrance examinations.

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Linda Toro


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As UIDP’s Events Manager, Linda is responsible for planning and coordinating meetings, workshops and other activities, as well as providing marketing support for UIDP functions. Her events experience spans arranging small conferences to managing and promoting large-scale street festivals, while her 16 years in university marketing and communications puts her in a unique position to create high-quality event experiences for UIDP members and partners.

UIDP Board (Voting Members)

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Debbie Radasch, Presiding Chair


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Debbie is the Director, Strategic Universities for Boeing Research & Technology organization. In addition, Debbie currently serves as the functional systems engineering lead for Engineering Operations & Technology and is active in the Industrial Research Institute. Debbie’s background is diverse, having leadership roles in engineering, technology, business development, manufacturing and supplier management for both development and production programs.

 Karl F. Koster, Immediate Past Chair

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Karl is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations where he works with MIT leadership and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Karl and his team have designed a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Most recently these efforts have been extended to engage the surrounding innovation eco-system into MIT’s global corporate and university networks.

Randy Hall, Incoming Chair

University of Southern California

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Randy is Vice President for Research at the University of Southern California, and is responsible for leading research initiatives across the university, overseeing research advancement, administration and ethics.  The Stevens Center for Innovation, USC’s center for technology transfer and corporate research relations, is one of the units that reports to him. In additional to serving as Vice President, Hall is Professor in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He is also a board member for the USC Health System.

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Robin Greubel, Industry Director

DuPont Pioneer

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Robin currently serves as the Academic Outreach Manager for DuPont Pioneer, responsible for managing the relationships Pioneer and other DuPont units have with University partners. In her role, Robin advises leadership on engagement programs, provides guidance to scientists, coordinates multiple interests across the organization and manages the K12 STEM programming for Pioneer. Prior to joining DuPont Pioneer, Robin was the Director of Development at the Iowa State University Foundation and the Director of Industry Relations for the College of Business at Iowa State University.

Werner Kaufmann, Industry Director

BASF Corporation

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Werner Kaufmann is Senior Manager Technology Scouting, responsible for the design, implementation and operation of the North American Scouting Network. Werner joined Ciba-Geigy in Switzerland in 1988, where he held various positions in Process Development, Production, Research & Development and New Business Development in Switzerland, Germany and the U.S. Prior to BASF’s acquisition of Ciba in 2009, Werner had global responsibility for Ciba’s Emerging Competencies organization, was Head of R&D for Ciba North America and also managed Ciba’s venturing activities.

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Elizabeth H. Adams, University Director

University of Virginia

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Elizabeth is the Assistant Vice President for Research Administration in the University of Virginia’s Office of Sponsored Programs. Prior to this, she was Executive Director of the Office for Sponsored Research on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. In this role, Elizabeth also oversaw the research portfolio of Northwestern’s Qatar campus and served as the institutional official for OSR-Evanston transactions with a variety of federal/state agencies, foundations, corporations and foreign entities. Prior to this, Elizabeth was Director of Research Administration in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and, before that, Administrative Director of a large, multi-institutional biodefense research center at the University of Chicago.

Lisa Lorenzen, University Director

Iowa State University

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Lisa Lorenzen is the Executive Director of the ISU Research Foundation and Director of the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer OIPTT), focused on technology transfer and economic development. The ISU Research Foundation owns and manages intellectual property on behalf of Iowa State University. The OIPTT markets and licenses intellectual property and negotiates contracts related to sponsored research with industry and manages grant programs related to economic development. Before joining ISU in March 1999, Lisa worked for five years as a computational biologist in the bioinformatics group at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.