As the associate vice president for innovation and partnerships, Brandy Salmon also serves as the executive director for LINK + LICENSE + LAUNCH, supporting all aspects of corporate partnerships from research collaborations, to corporate giving, to technology commercialization and start-ups.
Prior to joining the Virginia Tech community 2017, Salmon was previously at RTI International where she led strategic consulting engagements for federal and corporate clients and served as program manager for a global technology testing and commercialization accelerator on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining RTI, Salmon served as associate director for the Office of Licensing and Ventures at Duke. Her earlier experience in industry includes working in marketing at Merck & Company and in business development at a startup, Divergence LLC, which was later acquired by Monsanto.
Brandy earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.