Commercialization Manager, UNC Office of Commercialization and Economic Development
Champ Gupton is the commercialization manager of technology commercialization in the UNC Office of Commercialization and Economic Development (OCED). Champ joined the office in May 2016. Prior to joining OCED, Champ worked as a technology licensing manager at The Ohio State University from 2012 to 2016, managing intellectual property (IP) matters in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, chemistry and biochemical engineering.
Champ worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor Scott and White Health Cancer Research Institution, where he specialized in pharmaceutical cGMP manufacturing, process development and scale-up, and quality control. He began his IP licensing career as a technology licensing assistant at the University of Texas-Austin Office of Technology Commercialization in 2010. Champ is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Licensing Executive Society (LES). He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in biochemistry and biotechnology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received his PhD in cell and molecular biology from the University of Texas at Austin.