SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah has appointed Keith Marmer executive director of its technology and venture commercialization office.

Marmer joins the U. with considerable experience in technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and venture capital. He previously served as the chief business officer at the Penn Center for Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania. While there he led the center’s day-to-day commercialization activities.

Prior to that, Marmer directed Penn State College of Medicine’s technology commercialization office and served as an associate dean for research innovation.

Marmer has also founded and led four companies, his latest being a venture capital firm that targets early stage life science companies.

In his new role, Marmer will manage the university’s intellectual property, which includes collecting invention disclosures, filing patents, licensing technologies and helping spinout companies based on university inventions.

“Having only established my venture capital company in 2015, there really was only one variable that could cause me to change career tracks, and that was the University of Utah,” Marmer said in a statement. “In the technology commercialization space, the U. is recognized as a leader and an innovator. When I learned they were searching for a new executive director, I knew I had to jump at the chance.”