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Innovation in Bloomington

April 2015

Keith R. Davis

As the first director for the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology, Keith R. Davis assists faculty from IU Bloomington''s College of Arts and Sciences in their efforts to commercialize research discoveries. By July, those services will expand to all units located at IU Bloomington.

Keith Davis

Davis comes to IU from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he was a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. He has broad experience as a molecular and cellular biologist and from 1999 until 2006, served as director of plant research, vice president of agricultural biotechnology and executive consultant for Icoria Inc. and its earlier incorporation, Paradigm Genetics. In 2005, Icoria sold its agricultural division to Monsanto for $6.75 million and its remaining operations to Clinical Data for about $12.75 million.

Davis earned his Ph.D in cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado. His B.A. degree in biology came from Albion College.

Researchers with questions about technology commercialization, or who think they have a patentable invention or idea, can e-mail Keith at or call (812) 856-4805.