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UIDP Welcomes FY22 Board of Directors

UIDP welcomes Theresa Mayer, executive vice president for research and partnerships at Purdue University, as she begins her FY2022 term today as UIDP’s board chair. We had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Mayer in December 2019 about the value of an innovation ecosystem aligning industry and university research with regional economic development; you can watch the brief video below.


We also welcome Wendi Yajnik, global head of academic partnerships and external innovation at Novartis, as incoming chair; and Manjula Donepudi, director of alliance management at Pfizer, as a new board member. See all members of the UIDP Board of Directors.

UIDP extends grateful thanks to Jay Walsh, interim vice president for economic development and innovation at University of Illinois System, who completed his UIDP Board service as immediate past chair. We are most appreciative of his dedication, shared wisdom, and hard work on the board over the years.

July 1, 2021