W. Mark Crowell

Executive Chairman of the Academic Venture Exchange (AVX)

Mark Crowell, RTTP, is Executive Chairman of the Academic Venture Exchange (AVX), an initiative of the Innovation Accelerator Foundation.  AVX is a platform/marketplace for matching emerging early stage innovation-based startup companies with well-vetted entrepreneurial management and investors.  Mark is also Executive Entrepreneur in Residence for the Eshelman Institute for Innovation at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, as well as founder and principal consultant with Academy Innovation Advisors (AIA). AIA is a consulting practice providing strategic planning and program development advice and consulting services in the areas of innovation, engagement, entrepreneurship and translational research to universities, boards, regional and national governing authorities, and private industry. 

Most recently, Mark was the Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, where he was responsible for the university’s technology transfer, industry engagement, investment funding, entrepreneurship, and research park operations.  Prior to going to KAUST, he served as founding Executive Director of UVa Innovation at the University of Virginia; Vice President for Business Development at the Scripps Research Institute; Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Transfer and Economic Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Transfer and Industry Research at NC State University; and Director of Technology Transfer at Duke University.  Mark was 2005 President of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), served for five years as Chair of BIO's Technology Transfer Committee, and was co-chair of the Research Committee of the APEC Life Science Innovation Forum. 

Mark’s consulting clients include the World Bank, the Qatar Foundation, BIO, the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia, the American University of Cairo, the University of California Office of the President, and numerous universities, state government entities, NGOs, and private firms.  In 2013, Mark received the Bayh-Dole Award from AUTM “in recognition of his lifetime contributions to advancing academic innovations.”  In 2011, he was invited by the White House to attend President Barack Obama’s signing ceremony for the America Invents Act.  In 2014, UVa Innovation, under Mark’s leadership, was named by the US Chamber of Commerce as its first “Champion of Intellectual Property”, and in 2015, the National Venture Capital Association survey noted that Charlottesville, VA, was the fastest growing region in the US for venture capital investing during the period 2010-2015.