Director, Center for Research Innovation (CRI)

An entrepreneurial leader driven by value creation, Tracey specializes in product commercialization and new market initiatives. Tracey is the Founding Director of the Center for Research Innovation (CRI), an exciting new venture focusing on increasing commercialization activity from research initiatives, where she leads the translation of innovations into tangible commercial successes. She also provides leadership for the University’s technology transfer practice.

She is the founder of Vanguard Technologies, LLC, a commercialization and business development company driven to establish and expand product innovations in the global marketplace. She has launched 6 startup companies across medical, consumer and industrial industries. Tracey is on board of two early stage medical companies in the sleep disorder industry, as well as a business advisor for a start-up helping users to exploit their data to make better decisions through interactive, visual analytics. Previously, Tracey served as Vice President of yet2.com where she established new client engagements and provided open innovation and technology marketing strategy for key Fortune 500 clients. In addition, Tracey drove investment opportunities for venture arm of yet2.com, including investment recommendations, advisement on valuation negotiations, and due diligence management for high profile investors.  Tracey also directed key international partner relationships to increase deal flow.