Lynn Astle, vice president of Bonneville Scientific Inc. in Salt Lake City, has been named director of Brigham Young University's newly formed Office of Technology Transfer, according to J. Bevan Ott, associate academic vice president.
"The office has been created to help our highly creative faculty develop and protect intellectual property such as patents, software and texts," Ott said.Astle will join the BYU administration Jan. 1, 1990, he said.
In the meantime, C. William Berge, a former executive with Phillips Petroleum Co. and currently a technology transfer specialist in the BYU Office of Research Administration, has been named acting director. He will serve as associate director under Astle.
In addition, Jim Carroll, who has been serving as a technology transfer specialist in the BYU Office of Research Administration, will continue that work in the new Office of Technology Transfer, Ott said.
Lee Phillips, who has played a major role in developing technology transfer at BYU, is taking a leave to pursue private business interests.
Astle worked as a section head at the Utah Biomedical Test Laboratory at the University of Utah for six years before joining the faculty in the U. Department of Medical Technology, where he taught for five years.
He is co-founder of Bonneville Scientific Inc. and also serves as president of Bonneville Microelectronics Inc. in Salt Lake City.
Astle obtained a bachelor's degree in biochemistry at Michigan State University and a doctorate in biochemistry and physiology at Case Western Reserve University. He has completed a residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Berge earned bachelor's and master's degrees in geology at BYU and a doctorate in geology/oceanography at the University of Wisconsin.