Office of the Provost


January 31, 2005

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Marc Malandro has accepted my offer to serve as the Interim Director of the University’s Office of Technology Management, effective March 1, 2005.

This appointment follows the resignation of Dr. Chris Capelli, who has accepted a position with the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Capelli will be missed. During his time with the University, he not only produced very good results developing our intellectual property, but also assembled a very good staff which will be well qualified to carry on the work of the Office of Technology Transfer.

One of those staff members is Dr. Malandro, who has been serving as the Technology Licensing Manager for the Office of Technology Management. Dr. Malandro earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Human Molecular Genetics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Malandro is the co-inventor on 10 issued patents and patent applications.

Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh community last year, Dr. Malandro co-founded Sagres Discovery, a functional biology company focused on the understanding of the molecular basis of cancer; his responsibilities as Vice President of Technology and Strategic Alliances for that company included managing company intellectual property, technology licensing, and overseeing scientific collaborations.

I am confident that Dr. Malandro will provide the leadership needed to enable the Office of Technology Management to continue to meet its mission to serve the faculty, staff, students, and administration of the University, as well as the public, by seeking fair market value of the University’s intellectual property, using best business practices for the benefit of the University and general community. I look forward to working with Dr. Malandro in the coming months.


James V. Maher

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