Carey Novak Biography
Meet Carey Novak
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Carey Novak as the new Director of Technology Commercialization in the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University. His main focus is to facilitate technology commercialization projects with regional companies including: business start-ups, emerging companies, and mature companies. The goal is to leverage the region’s private and public technology assets in areas such as advanced manufacturing, human life sciences, and biorefining. He will also be assisting clients of the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC) with technology acceleration projects.
Carey has over 16 years in working at two research universities (University of Kansas, Iowa State University) involved in fostering company-university R&D collaborations. These include: creating business incubation systems, helping start 15 tech-based companies, initiating 150+ company-university collaborations, acquiring funds for major R&D initiatives, and building an “innovation-to-economic development” framework. He also managed two local economic development organizations and started a company. His education includes a B.S. (economics) and M.S. (policy analysis) from Southern Illinois University.