Mr. Dines is Assistant Director of the UW-Madison Office
of Corporate Relations (OCR). Operating within the Office of the Chancellor,
the Corporate Relations office assists the business community in accessing
the diverse resources of the UW-Madison. As Assistant Director, he serves
as Program Manager for OCR's Startup Initiative. He is also broadly involved
in other OCR operations including, outreach to business and industry, promoting
local and regional economic growth through technology transfer of UW-Madison
research and fostering local, regional and national cooperative relationships
Mr. Dines joined the UW-Madison in June 2001 bringing with
him more than 25 years of experience in industry and technology management.
In his initial position at the university he served as Assistant Director
for Business Development, within the Graduate School where his major focus
was commercialization of university technology through startup business
development and campus entrepreneurship. In 2002, Mr. Dines co-founded the
Midwest Research University Network, an alliance of eighteen Midwest research
institutions dedicated to regional cooperation in the commercialization
of university research through new business creation. Mr. Dines serves on
advisory boards of several Madison area business acceleration enterprises
including Urban Technology Catalyst, Agave Group and Venture Accelerator
Mr. Dines was previously president and Chief Executive
Officer of MitoScan Corporation, a Madison biosensor company that he co-founded.
MitoScan manufactured and marketed toxicity screening products for use in
drug discovery and product safety testing. After the sale of MitoScan in
December 2000, he served as MitoScan Business Manager for Harvard Bioscience
until joining the UW-Madison.
In 1991, Mr. Dines co-founded BioRenewal Technologies,
Inc., where he served as President and CEO. BioRenewal was an environmental
biotechnology company providing products and services for bio-remediation.
That business was acquired in 1998 by a major laboratory chain.
Mr. Dines came to Wisconsin in 1983, when he joined Agracetus,
Inc. as the Director of Business Development responsible for business planning,
strategic ventures, market development, technology licensing and patent
administration. Prior to joining Agracetus, Mr. Dines served as an Associate
and later Staff Manager with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. in Bethesda,
MD where he specialized in technology management in the chemical and pharmaceutical
Mr. Dines holds degrees from the University of Michigan
including a B.S, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Regional
Planning in Natural Resources. In 2004 he was named a Wisconsin Idea Fellow
by the president of the University of Wisconsin System.