University City Science Center earlier this year welcomed a new role of director of commercialization solutions via healthcare consultant Troy Wilford. His role involves helping the Science Center’s early-stage startups and companies as they generate their first revenue, develop products, grow and raise capital.
The new director had been attending Science Center gatherings since 2019, and grew up in the region, attending Drexel University for both undergraduate and graduate engineering programs, he said in a recent Q&A. That experience gave him an observational approach to problem-solving, and he worked in both product development and commercialization roles before combining those skills for this role.
“To me, Commercialization Solutions means creating and nurturing relationships within the broad innovation community, that allow the Science Center to continue to provide that support as our companies progress along their individual journeys,” Wilford said.
When he’s not at work, he’s focusing on family time, the director said, and some of his favorite things about Philadelphia include its food scene, sports and arts.
“I’ll go a bit deeper and say I am a huge fan of the city’s grit,” Wilford said. “From historic figures to iconic film and TV characters to a team mascot, grit really defines Philadelphia for me.”