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Center advisory council

The Role of the Council

The McGovern Center Advisory Council (“Council”) provides strategic business advice and links to financial and management resources to support the commercialization of Cornell life science technologies.

The Council functions solely in an advisory capacity. Generally, the Council shall:

  • Advise the Center Director on strategies for positioning the Center and Cornell University as a leader in commercialization of life science incubation and seed/early stage commercialization;
  • Provide advice, oversight and guidance on Center initiatives and goals;
  • Provide detailed technology, market and product commercialization guidance to Center companies;
  • Advise the Center Director in setting Center policies (including but not limited to standards for admission and graduation for Center companies) and Center rates/fees;
  • Review prospective Center company applications and advise the Center Director on acceptance of specific applicants;
  • Review and provide input to prospective Center company incubation program proposals, advise the Center Director on the acceptability of such proposals, recommend implementation of acceptable programs, provide oversight of implementation of such programs by the Center Director and staff;
  • Assist the Senior Vice Provost for Research (SVPR) in hiring the Center Director, advise the SVPR on the Director’s performance, and inform the SVPR of any concerns regarding the Director’s performance when deemed necessary;
  • Perform such other duties as from time to time shall be requested by the SVPR or the Center Director.



All Advisory Council members shall be appointed by the Senior Vice Provost for Research. All External Council members have to be recommended by the Council.

Faculty Representatives

There shall be a minimum of four (4) faculty representatives to the Council (3-year term, renewable). Two shall be selected from the Life Sciences, one shall be selected from Physical Sciences and Engineering, and one shall be selected from the Johnson School or Dyson School.

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External Members

There shall be a minimum of seven (7) Members external to Cornell (3-year term, renewable).

Preferably, external members will be alumni with expertise in life sciences and/or entrepreneurial success and/or experience as a professional investor in life science ventures in the venture capital and/or industrial context. In recognition of his critical role in the founding of the Center, Kevin McGovern's term will be renewed automatically. Mr. McGovern's seat on the Council is not transferable to friends or family members.

Mr. McGovern and other informed individuals on the Council will provide the SVPR with nominations of appropriate candidates for these Council positions.

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