UK’s Ian McClure Appointed to National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ian McClure, J.D., the University of Kentucky’s associate vice president for research, innovation and economic impact and executive director of UK Innovate, has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE) by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo.

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Welcome to UK Innovate, the innovation, entrepreneurship and economic enterprise for UK Research. Through technology commercialization, corporate partnerships, social innovation, innovation training and economic development initiatives related to UK's research innovations, talent and community, we work with you to move ideas into the world faster, where they can make the greatest social and economic impact possible. 

UK Innovate Focus Areas

Corporate Partnerships

Under corporate partnerships, UK Innovation Connect provides dedicated resources to support industry, non-profit and private sector partnerships for research and innovation. 

Innovation Training

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Training manages innovation programs offering translational research, product development and entrepreneurship training, coaching and mentorship to faculty, staff and students at UK.

Technology Commercialization

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) works collaboratively with innovators to strategically assess, protect, and license early-stage technologies and co-create new technology startups. 

Social Innovation

At the intersection of innovation, social entrepreneurship, and transformational changes, UK's initiative to scale ideas and find solutions to create social impact from research and discovery. 

We respectfully acknowledge that the University of Kentucky sits on the traditional territory of the Osage, Shawnee, Cherokee, Adena, and Hopewell peoples.

UK Innovate Launches Innovation Connect, Hires New Leader for Industry Partnerships

UK Innovate is thrilled to announce the launch of its new Industry Partnerships program, UK Innovation Connect, and that Landon Borders will lead this team as Senior Associate Director, Innovation Economic Development and Industry Partnerships, and Executive Director, UK Innovation Connect. Landon will lead efforts to grow and manage research and innovation-based industry partnerships and economic development objectives for UK Innovate, including focused activities in alignment with Kentucky's priority industries as well as UK's Research Priority areas.

“We are so excited to welcome someone of Landon’s talent and experience to UK Innovate to lead our industry partnering capabilities. Landon has been a champion of the Lexington and Kentucky innovation ecosystem and has two decades of experience working in leadership roles within some of Kentucky’s most innovative technology and product companies," said AVPR Ian McClure. "Landon will help us form a keen understanding of business pace and process as we seek to match their interests with UK’s scientific talent, research expertise and innovation outputs. With Landon’s leadership, UK research will be better equipped to create innovation economic impact in the state, region, and world.”

For over twenty years, Landon has been a leading innovator of new products and technologies that have made a lasting impact on Kentucky industries. Previously, he was the Director of Product Development at Bullard with responsibility for global patent portfolio, technology development and new product introductions leading multi-discipline design and engineering teams across the globe. Prior to Bullard, Landon worked at Big Ass Fans and Lexmark International where he developed and commercialized internet-connected devices, software solutions and imaging systems in various roles. Landon has served on the Advisory Board for Launch Blue, as Board Director for Thread Group, The Connected Lighting Alliance and JSRDF, and is a proud graduate of UK with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. 

"I'm so excited and honored to be joining the UK Innovate team. Having spent the last twenty years serving Kentucky industries through new product and technology innovations, I fully understand and appreciate just how much impact UK researchers can make on our state and region," said Borders. "There is just so much potential for UK researchers to innovate in ways that will benefit our industries and economy; we've really only just scratched the surface. I cannot wait to see how much we will accomplish together."