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Association of University Technology Managers Chooses Harsche as President-Elect

PHILADELPHIA (February 28, 2002)--Patricia Harsche, of Moorestown, NJ, vice president of planning, business development and regulatory affairs at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia has been elected president-elect of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

AUTM is a nonprofit association with membership of more than 3,000 technology managers and business executives who manage intellectual property -- one of the most active growth sectors of the U.S. economy. AUTM's members represent over 300 universities, research institutions, teaching hospitals and a similar number of companies and government organizations. Universities transfer technology to: facilitate the commercialization of research results for the public good; to reward, retain, and recruit faculty; induce closer ties to industry; and generate income and promote economic growth.

The AUTM Board of Trustees unanimously approved Harsche's nomination as president-elect at its September 2001 meeting, and the membership elected her during the AUTM annual business meeting in San Diego, Ca., on February 28. As president-elect, Harsche will provide special oversight for the Annual Meeting Committee and planning activities for the organization. She will assume the office of the president at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting on March 2, 2003.

Harsche most recently served as AUTM's vice president of professional development and was responsible for identifying professional development needs and goals of the membership, developing and implementing programs to meet those needs and goals, and planning five development courses for the AUTM membership. Harsche remains as liaison between AUTM and the Licensing Executive Society (LES).

At Fox Chase, Harsche is responsible for management of the strategic planning process at the Center, the negotiation of all commercial agreements of Fox Chase as well as the management of the Center's technology portfolio.

Harsche is a member of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association and the Society of Research Administrators. She participates in numerous efforts to market the Philadelphia region's strength in high technology. These include memberships in the New Ventures Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Coalition, the Pennsylvania Biotech Association and the Technology Council of Greater Philadelphia. She also is past chair of the executive committee of START, a consortium of area academic organizations, the Ben Franklin Partnership, British Technology Group and venture capital firms whose aim was enhanced technology transfer. Harsche is a former chair of the Philadelphia chapter of LES.

Harsche received her M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Dynamics and her B.A. from the State University of New York at Oneonta in history and biology.

Harsche has served on the Board of United Way of Burlington County since 1989 where she also chairs the Fund Distribution Executive Committee. Harsche has been a board member of the American Red Cross, Southeastern Chapter. She currently serves on the Board of Crossroads, chairs its Strategic Planning Committee and serves on its Real Estate and Finance Committees.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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