AMES, Iowa (June 28, 2021) –Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations today announced Patrick Klepcyk as the Director, Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC) and President of the Iowa State Research Foundation (ISURF). Klepcyk was hired following a national search, and replaces interim director Dana Rewoldt who has been the interim director role since August, 2019.

Klepcyk comes to Iowa State from the University of Virginia Licensing and Ventures team where he served as director of licensing since 2016. Prior to his director role, he served there from 2012-2016 as associate director and senior licensing manager. He has extensive experience in technology transfer with a number of world class organizations including Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, GlaxoSmithKline, and the National University of Singapore. He also has deep international experience, having worked in Cleveland, Shanghai and Singapore before moving to Virginia.

“We are thrilled to welcome Patrick Klepcyk and his family to our Iowa State family and to the Economic Development and Industry Relations ecosystem. His measured success in licensing, strategic partnerships, startups and international corporations make him a natural fit to lead our very successful and long standing OIC and ISURF organizations in their continued growth, said David Spalding, Interim Vice President at Iowa State University for Economic Development and Industry Relations. “We are grateful to Dana Rewoldt for her years of dedicated service to OIC and ISURF and in particular for her leadership throughout a challenging year due to COVID-19 and our search.” 

“I am very excited to join Iowa State and contribute to the commercialization of its innovations,” said Klepcyk. 


About the Office of Innovation Commercialization and Iowa State University Research Foundation

The Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC) includes the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (OIPTT) and the Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. (ISURF), reporting to the Vice President for Economic Development, work in concert to facilitate and enhance the inventive and creative works of Iowa State University’s employees and students, and to transfer these works for the benefit of society.  Additionally, under Iowa State University’s contract with the U.S. Department of Energy, ISURF manages intellectual property protection and licensing for the Ames Laboratory.

About Economic Development and Industry Relations

The Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) at Iowa State University assists external stakeholders, both individuals and companies, in accessing Iowa State’s unique capabilities and services. EDIR is a single point of contact to streamline the process of making connections between industry and the university. For more information, visit or contact Alison Doyle ( • 515-509-3361)