Marc Sedam, vice provost for innovation and new ventures and managing director of UNHInnovation, joined UNH in November 2010. Sedam has an extensive background in intellectual asset management, licensing, and start-up formation. In addition to his position with UNH, he was the founding director of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center and serves as the executive director of the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center, New Hampshire’s only translational research funding program. Marc is currently the PI of UNH’s National Science Foundation I-Corps Site and is a sitting member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Board of Directors.
Sedam is very active in New Hampshire building the innovation ecosystem. UNH was awarded the “Campus Culture and Policy Award” from VentureWell in recognition for rapid scaling and success of the university’s entrepreneurial efforts. In addition, UNH has been the largest financial supporter of the NH startup community since 2010, investing over $1.5MM. Sedam served on the board of directors of NHICC/AlphaLoft from 2011-2016 and as vice-chair of the board of Alpha Loft between 2014-2015. He has been a member of the NH Governor’s “Live Free and Start” advisory council, an initiative designed to help high tech companies succeed in New Hampshire, since its inception in 2014 and also serves as an advisor to the boards of two non-profits founded at UNH: Operation Hat Trick and PLAN (Post-Landfill Action Network). Sedam also served on the AUTM Board of Directors between 2015-2016 as the vice president for professional development, a role responsible for AUTM’s education and training activities.
Prior to UNH, Sedam was the Chief Operating Officer of Qualyst, Inc., the global leader in the study of pharmaceutically relevant drug transport interactions (acquired in 2017 by BioreclamationIVT). Sedam also served as the associate director for life sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s technology transfer office, helping make UNC one of the top US university in start-up formation in 2001. He worked at National Starch and Chemical Company as a food enzymologist, and was an inventor on a patented product with peak sales exceeding $50MM/year; this product won the “2003 Product of the Year” from the Institute for Food Technology.
Sedam has a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire and an Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a focus on entrepreneurship and new ventures. Additionally, he is a well-known lecturer on the topics of university innovation and start-up formation.