Dr. David Winwood, the chief business development officer at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, was chosen by the membership of the Association of University Technology Managers to serve as president-elect of the organization.

AUTM is an international association that advances research discoveries through academic technology transfer, a news release said. Winwood was inaugurated at AUTM’s annual meeting in February in New Orleans.

AUTM’s membership includes professionals involved in protecting, licensing and managing academic intellectual property, the release said.

Winwood will continue in his role as AUTM vice president for advocacy and serve as president-elect of the organization until March 2016, when he will formally assume the role of president.

“We are incredibly proud of Dave. Being voted president-elect for the leading academic advocacy and technology transfer organization is high praise for his effectiveness,” said Dr. William T. Cefalu, Pennington Biomedical’s executive director.

“This is a compliment to Pennington Biomedical and to the great team that we have here. Dave’s expanded role with AUTM underscores the significant efforts we have underway to create innovative partnerships with an eye toward future success in the research and tech transfer arenas.”

As vice president for advocacy, Winwood has networked on AUTM’s behalf with public officials and organizations in the U.S. and abroad. He also oversaw and monitored national and international public policy issues.

Winwood joined Pennington Biomedical as its first chief business development officer in July .

“The new model for technology transfer focuses on diverse service offerings, promoting entrepreneurship and engaging partnerships,” Winwood said.

“Pennington Biomedical has been on the international research map for two decades. This position is a testament to that. As I push for greater alliances among U.S. and international tech transfer associations on behalf of AUTM, LSU and Pennington Biomedical will have a seat at the table in seeking out new opportunities for tech collaboration and cooperation in getting our ideas from the research bench to the marketplace.”

Winwood joins an 11-member AUTM board for his three-year term as president.