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Contact: Christine Payton May 1, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
 
GARY BREIT TO LEAD UL LAFAYETTE’S OFFICE OF INNOVATION MANAGEMENT
 
Gary BreitGary Breit is ready to take research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to the marketplace. He’s director of the university’s new Office of Innovation Management.

“Gary has the experience and skills critical to establish this office,” said Dr. Robert Twilley, vice president for research at UL Lafayette. Innovation management refers to the commercialization of ideas and technology.

Breit’s career began at Revlon, where he was senior marketing manager and a member of its corporate acquisitions team. Later, he became president of biopharmaceutical companies in California and Texas.

He also managed four successful intellectual asset programs at Creighton University in Nebraska, the University of South Alabama, the University of Texas and, most recently, the University of Manitoba in Canada.

“I have managed thousands of technologies and built hundreds of alliances with large companies and with start-ups across North America. What attracted me to this position was the creativity of our faculty and staff and the chance to build something big for Louisiana,” Breit said.

And, the timing couldn’t be better, according to Twilley. “Lafayette and the Acadiana region are known for being creative communities that solve problems in many industries, such as oil and gas, environmental restoration and health care. This is the perfect time for this new office to partner with the community to develop an innovation ecosystem.”

Briet is already networking with faculty, students and the business community and is eager to kick-start innovation management across all disciplines.

“Our work is directed to the aspirations of our faculty and students, local entrepreneurs and to the people of Louisiana,” he said. “However, we have a global reach and are attentive to global markets for our innovations.”

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with nearly 17,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and is a national leader in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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