Dr. David Winwood is Chief Executive Officer of the UAB Research Foundation and Sr Assoc VP for Economic Development and Innovation Alliances. He has previously managed technology transfer activities at North Carolina State University and The Ohio State University. At NC State University he also managed the Centennial Campus Partnership Office, with responsibility for corporate and government partner recruitment. He holds B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of East Anglia (England), and a Master of Arts degree in liberal studies from NC State. In addition to university technology licensing experience, he has experience in business development and early stage drug development activities at companies in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. He has served on several business and economic development boards in North Carolina and Ohio and as Second Vice President for the Association of University Research Parks. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Governmental Relations and is a member of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness’ Regional Innovation Initiative Expert Committee. He also serves on the Boards of Directors for the Birmingham Venture Club, Innovation Depot, the Biotechnology Association of Alabama and TechBirmingham.
Director Technology Transfer
Dr. Fitzmaurice is the Director of Technology Transfer. She joined the UABRF in October, 2004. She has served as the Executive Director of the Washington State University Research Foundation and as Associate Director for Life Sciences in the University of Florida’s Office of Technology Licensing. Her experience in these two institutions includes patenting and licensing university technologies as well as assisting in the formation of start-up companies. She spent ten years developing and managing the Plant Sciences Program for the Salk Institute’s biotechnology company, SIBIA, in San Diego, California. Dr. Fitzmaurice holds a BA in Biology from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California.
Deborah J. Bidanset, PhD
Dr. Bidanset joined the UABRF as Program Director II/Licensing Associate in 2004. Dr. Bidanset received a BS degree in General Biology from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, a MS degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, a PhD in Cell Biology and a MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a Helen Keller Research Foundation Fellow at UAB and a Trauma Training Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Bidanset has extensive experience in various fields of scientific research including neuroscience, extracellular matrix biology and virology, as well as considerable experience in program management and its applications in laboratory research.
Holly Wales Meadows, JD
Ms. Meadows is a Senior Licensing Associate with the UABRF. She is a registered Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a member of the State Bars of Alabama and Arkansas. Ms. Meadows received a BS degree in Microbiology from The University of Arkansas in 1998, and her Juris Doctor from The University of Arkansas School of Law in 2001. Prior to joining the UABRF, she was the Director of the Office of Technology Development at The University of South Alabama. Since 2000, she has worked exclusively in the areas of Patent Law and Technology Licensing.
Terry Bray, PhD
Dr. Terry Bray is a Senior Licensing Associate with the UABRF. Prior to joining the UABRF, he worked in the Office of Technology Transfer at North Carolina State University as a Senior Licensing Associate, and at UAB as a researcher and faculty member in the department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Bray has considerable experience in various technical fields including chemistry, engineering, and biotechnology. He also has extensive experience managing, patenting, and licensing intellectual property, as well as facilitating start-up company formation and economic development. As a former faculty inventor, Dr. Bray has developed several technologies that were commercialized and is an inventor on several issued and pending patents. Dr. Bray earned a B.S. in chemistry from Mercer University, a M.S. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dugald Hall, Ph.D.
Dr. Dugald Hall joined the UABRF in December, 2008 as a Licensing Associate. Dr. Hall attended the; University of Otago in New Zealand where he earned a BSc (1st class Honors) degree in Microbiology and a PhD in Virology. In 2003, he came to UAB as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Microbiology, where he studied the molecular mechanisms of RNA virus replication. Dr. Hall has also served as a Research Associate with the South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness in the UAB School of Public Health. In this role he was responsible for all activities relating to food safety, agricultural security and zoonotic disease.
Eve Vick, Ph.D.
Dr. Eve Vick joined the UABRF in 2011 as a Licensing Associate/Material Transfer Agreement Specialist. Dr. Vick earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Francis Marion University in South Carolina, a M.A. in Psychology from East Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with research focused in neuroscience. Dr. Vick has also worked in the pharmaceutical industry and as a science editor.
Hayes Lowe manages the review process for material transfer agreements and collaborative research agreements, and negotiates terms and conditions, both for UAB and the UABRF. He has been reviewing contracts and agreements for UAB since 1996, including material transfer agreements since 2001. Mr. Lowe has previously worked in the Office of University Contracts, under both the Office of Legal Counsel and Financial Affairs. He has also worked in the Office of Grants and Contracts Administration. Most recently, he managed the Office of the Material Transfer Liaison, under the Office of Legal Counsel. In November, 2005, the Material Transfer Office became a unit reporting to the UABRF.
Catherine (Cacky) S. Oztekin
Ms. Oztekin joined The UAB Research Foundation in 1999, and brings with her extensive expertise in corporate accounting and financial management. She oversees financial matters, in addition to monitoring compliance of agreements. Ms. Oztekin has a BA in Economics from Sewanee: The University of the South, and an MBA, with a concentration in finance and accounting, from Emory University.
Program Administrator II
Ms. Songer has been with the Research Foundation since 2002. She currently serves as the Patent Manager, manages the department’s database and coordinates patent prosecution for intellectual property submitted to the Research Foundation. She is also responsible for grant and contract compliance reporting to federal government agencies. Prior to joining the Research Foundation, Ms. Songer worked in the Legal Office for the University of Alabama System; she has over 25 years experience in the legal field working in private practice law firms. Ms. Songer attended Dyersburg State Community College in Dyersburg, Tennessee; Jefferson State College in Birmingham, AL and Auburn University-Montgomery where she majored in Business and Education.
Denise Richardson joined the UAB Research Foundation in 2004 and serves as Executive Assistant to the CEO / Sr Assoc VP for Economic Development and Innovation Alliances. Ms. Richardson attended Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama, where she pursued a degree in Art (Studio) with a double minor in English and Psychology. She has worked for the Dept. of Finance for the State of Alabama and brings with her over 18 years of experience in the legal field, specializing in legal billing, collections and administration from various law firms in the Birmingham area.
Deborah Powe joined The UAB Research Foundation in January 2006 as an Administrative Support Specialist. Ms. Powe is currently the Administrative Associate to the Director of Technology Transfer and also manages Intellectual Property Disclosures submitted by inventors for licensing and patenting. Ms. Powe has been with UAB since 1996.
Joy Bruce has been with The UAB Research Foundation since 2004. Before joining with UABRF, Mrs. Bruce retired after 25 years as a Network manager for a communications company. Ms. Bruce assists in the administration of Materials Transfer Agreements and coordinates the office IT and communications.
Ashley Smith joined the UAB Research Foundation in January of 2010 as an Office Services Specialist II. Ms. Smith graduated from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama with a B.A. in Psychology, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in counseling. In addition to serving as administrative support for both the Patent Manager and Financial Officer, Ashley is also the Research Foundation’s receptionist.