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Noel will lead Office of Innovation Commercialization

Photo of Staton NoelStaton Noel took the helm of the UNCG Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC) last month.

As director, he will support and facilitate innovation by UNCG faculty, staff, and students, helping them protect intellectual property, commercialize discoveries, and find research support through corporate sponsors.

During his 20 years working for GlaxoSmithKline, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, Noel proposed and led novel drug discovery projects, discovered and published on a novel gene and gene networks, and collaborated with university labs and start-up companies.

Noel graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry. After leaving the world of big pharma, he charted a new course as a UNCG Vision student, completing a dual degree (MBA and MS) in Gerontology.

Noel joined UNCG’s OIC in 2011 as a licensing assistant and then served as a marketing and licensing associate before taking on his current role of director.

By Ananya Huria and Sangeetha Shivaji

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