Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Alumnus to lead Discovery to Product office

Alumnus to lead Discovery to Product office

Andy Richards (MA ’92) has been selected as director of UW–Madison’s Discovery to Product (D2P) office.

D2P, located within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, supports and mentors faculty, staff and student innovators and entrepreneurs on campus who are interested in moving their technology and innovations to the marketplace. D2P fosters collaborations between UW–Madison, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and other partners off and on campus.

“There is no shortage of innovative ideas at UW–Madison, but the playbook for commercialization success of those ideas isn’t always straightforward,” Richards said in this news release. “D2P, with the expertise of its mentors and its connections across campus and in the community, is in a great position to help innovators at UW–Madison navigate a course, take calculated risks and, ultimately, fulfill their dreams.”

Richards previously served for three years as chief of staff to the vice chancellor for research and graduate education. Before joining UW–Madison, Richards was a senior special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff for the president of the University of Wisconsin System.