Robert (Bob) MacWright is director of the Technology Transfer Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. MacWright has been an academic technology transfer professional since 1985.
Prior to joining UMass Amherst, he led three academic technology transfer programs; he was director of the Office of Corporate Liaison and Technology Transfer at Rutgers University, CEO of the University of Virginia Patent Foundation, and director of the Office of Technology Management at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Dr. MacWright is also a registered patent attorney, and has practiced law with prominent law firms in New York and Washington, D.C. In his legal practice he represented academic institutions, biotechnology companies and venture funds in intellectual property transactions, litigation and corporate finance.
He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and his law degree from Rutgers School of Law – Newark.