Commercial Enterprises Team
Associate Vice President for Commercialization and Regional Development,
Curt Roberts is the Associate Vice President for Commercialization and Regional Development at USU where he oversees the Commercial Enterprises group. Before moving to USU, Roberts was the Vice Provost for Innovation and Economic Development at Weber State University where he served as the Director of the Northern Utah Technology Outreach Center for USTAR. Prior to joining Weber State Roberts served as a Vice President for Nike, Inc., based in Beaverton, Oregon. His most recent role at Nike was Vice President and General Manager of Vision, Timing, and Tech Ventures. Prior to this Roberts was Vice President for Global Strategy where he oversaw the development of Nike's short and longer-term strategy for its corporate portfolio of brands. Roberts has also served as Chairman and CEO of PeaceHealth, based in Eugene, Oregon. PeaceHealth is a regional healthcare delivery system including three hospitals, a multi-specialty group medical practice, and several joint ventures. Roberts holds a BA in Economics, summa cum laude, from Weber State University and a MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.
Associate VP for Commercialization
Christian Volmar is a Business Development Director with USU’s Commercial Enterprises group. In this capacity Volmar develops industry partnerships to commercialize University technology. Prior to joining Utah State, Volmar served as an Associate Director of USTAR's Northern Utah Technology Outreach team where he worked with private companies and university technology to help grow Utah's knowledge economy. Prior to joining USTAR, Volmar served as a Program Manager for Viisage Technology, based in Arlington, Virginia. Viisage, now L-1 Identity Solutions, is a leader in secure identity products and services. In that capacity, he lead programs with the Departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security. Volmar also served as a staff member for U.S. Congressman Chris Cannon. He holds a BA in Economics from Brigham Young University and a MBA with honors from Babson College.
Director of Business Development
David L. Clark is a Director of Business Development for Commercial Enterprises and the Executive Director of the USTAR Applied Nutrition Research team at Utah State University. From October 2008 until joining Commercial Enterprises in 2011 he was the Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Programs in the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State. From October 2005 to October 2008 he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Prolexys Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to Prolexys he was Vice President, Corporate Affairs at NPS Pharmaceuticals (Salt Lake City) from 1996 till 2005 and was involved in business development, funding transactions, investor relations and corporate communications. Earlier career experiences included senior management positions at AgriDyne Technologies, Clark Financial Corporation and UI Group. Clark holds a B.S. degree in botany from Brigham Young University (1976), an M.S. degree in agronomy from the University of Illinois (1978), and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Utah (1980). Clark is a member of the Leadership Council of the Utah Technology Council and serves on the Governor’s State Advisory Council on Science and Technology.
Christian S. Iverson
Director of Business Development
Christian S. Iverson joins USU’s Commercial Enterprises with ten years of experience in biotechnology research, development, commercialization and start-up management. Prior to joining Utah State, Iverson served as the executive director of the Spendlove Medical Research Institute where he developed and managed a wide variety of programs including low cost diagnostics and air quality improvement. Prior to his work with Spendlove Medical, Iverson was the co-founder and vice president of business development for Quansys Biosciences. Iverson remains involved with Quansys Biosciences as a member of the Board of Directors. Iverson has experience performing market assessments of emerging technologies and concepts for commercial applications including assessments for hydrogen fuel cells, emergency wilderness beacons, and manure-to-methane systems. Iverson is a graduate of Utah State University — he holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and business and earned an MBA in 2004.