Ken Polk

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Ken Polk joined the American Chemical Society (ACS) as the Business Head of TechCatalyst in October of 2007. In this role, Mr. Polk leads this ACS business unit’s efforts to aid the commercialization of chemistry and allied science-based technologies. Prior to joining the ACS, Ken served the interests of entrepreneurs, research institutions, and small businesses in their technology transfer needs in senior business development and counsel capacities for more nearly 20 years. As a technology commercialization professional, he has spearheaded efforts to acquire technology, capital, personnel, as well as create business opportunities for a myriad of seed and early-stage technology concerns commercializing therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, coatings, and chemical processes. Ken holds a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University’s School of Law, as well as a Master and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a licensed attorney and professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Technology Commercialization Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University’s Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.