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Release: Oct. 17, 2001

UI Research Foundation appoints Sunleaf as licensing associate

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Zev Sunleaf has been named to the staff of the University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) as a licensing associate who will help manage intellectual property created by UI faculty and staff.

Sunleaf will work with current UIRF staff to gather and evaluate inventions and disclosures from University researchers, and then work with off-campus attorneys to coordinate the filing of patent applications on selected inventions. Additionally, he will negotiate agreements with corporate partners interested in making commercial use of UI inventions.

Sunleaf's appointment took effect July 16.

"I am happy to be here, working with a number of scientists and technologies at the university," Sunleaf said.

The position was added to keep pace with the increasing number of patents and patent applications generated from UI research.

"We're delighted to have been able to engage a professional with Zev's level of experience. He's been with us since July and already has been able to help us increase our level of service to UI researchers and to our corporate counterparts," said Bruce Wheaton, UIRF executive director.

Sunleaf managed intellectual property as vice president of Caviforce Technologies and Solltech, Inc. before joining the UIRF. The biomedical and bio-agricultural company is located in the UI Technology Innovation Center, the UI business incubator. Sunleaf, of Coralville, has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the UI.

The UIRF is a nonprofit corporation established in 1975 to manage intellectual property arising from UI research.