I am on the Marketing Alliance of the The San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative (SATAI Network). Today, we announced that Randy Goldsmith, president and CEO, is leaving to accept a newly created position with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Goldsmith, who took over leadership of SATAI in late 2002, will assume responsibilities as the University of Texas’ Health Science Center’s Assistant Vice President of Technology Transfer and Economic Development on June 1, 2005.
I have known and worked with Randy on several initiatives. He is a forward thinking and unique indivual who has made a real impact on technology and intellectual property development in our city.
SATAI Network is a targeted economic development initiative focused on building the regional advanced technology economy from the ground up. SATAI plays a key role in developing and implementing initiatives to further the entrepreneurial environment and opportunities produced by a tech economy. Engaged across six primary clusters of activity, the SATAI Network is funded by the City of San Antonio, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a number of companies and other institutions.
Alex Briseno, former city manager of San Antonio, has agreed to serve as interim president of the SATAI Network while a management recruiting firm conducts a national search for a permanent president and CEO.
So what does all of this mean? It means that San Antonio has an incredible amount of potential to commercialize some of the very cool technologies at the Health Science Center that they are working on.