Wayne State University Hires Associate VP Of Technology Commercialization: Wayne State University announced the appointment of Harl R. Tolbert of Pittsford, N.Y., as associate vice president of technology commercialization in the Division of Research. Tolbert began on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Tolbert joins Wayne State from his most recent post as associate director for biological sciences in the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center’s Office of Technology Transfer. He has extensive experience leading academic and business commercialization programs, and has created substantial partnerships that have sparked innovation and the commercialization of discoveries. In addition, he worked in in sales at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, Ill. and in business development at Pierce Chemical in Rockford, Ill. Tolbert earned his M.B.A. and master of science in animal sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor of science in animal sciences from Southern University. In its 2011 fiscal year, WSU’s technology commercialization efforts led the university to nearly double its intellectual property disclosures to 72, up from 37 in fiscal 2010. In addition, the university increased its patent applications, patents issued and license agreements, and launched four startup companies. More at www.research.wayne.edu.