I am pleased to announce that William (Bill) Shaw has been appointed vice provost for research ad interim effective January 1. He will fill the role vacated by Caroline Genco who, as previously announced, will assume the position of provost and senior vice president ad interim on the same date.
Bill joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Research in December 2020 as senior director of technology transfer and industry collaboration. Over the past year, Bill has increased staffing resources to support business development activities, including interactions with faculty and industry, and has started to build new technology development programs, increasing the infrastructure and resources dedicated to advancing opportunities along the commercialization path. Bill has also been engaged in university-wide initiatives including supporting the research priority clusters, reviewing conflicts of interest, managing the BrainGate donation and developing the strategic vision for creating innovative research spaces.
Bill was previously the executive director of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard-affiliated Medical School. The Martinos Center is one of the world’s premier research centers focused on biomedical imaging. Bill worked to create an environment where innovation thrives by bringing together the world’s leading scientists, business leaders and patients to solve important healthcare issues. He was responsible for the leadership of the Center and the administration of its $60+ million in research revenue. In addition, he spearheaded business development activities through establishing relationships with academic institutions, industry participants, philanthropic donors and government agencies. By bringing together this group of stakeholders, Bill and the Center took on the most pressing problems facing healthcare today such as solving Alzheimer’s and curing cancer.
Bill is the founder of several start-up companies including Eikonizo Therapeutics, 149 Medical Inc. and BlinkAI Technologies.
Bill also possesses extensive experience in establishing international collaboration agreements with a focus on China and Japan. In 2017, he received the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship and spent time traveling through China exploring its innovation ecosystem.
Bill earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from WPI and a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He also studied Intellectual Property Law at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Bill recently finished a fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics where he focused on the ethical issues related to the interface of artificial intelligence, neuroscience and business. Bill is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a registered patent attorney at the USPTO.
A search for a permanent appointment for the position of vice provost for research is currently underway and is scheduled to be completed by late Spring. Please join me in welcoming Bill to his new role.