The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) today announced that Clark Cahoon, fund manager for the Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (TCIP), has been appointed as the life science cluster director.

“Clark has demonstrated exceptional leadership in his position as TCIP fund manager,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “The relationships he has built will support his continued work with life science companies across the state.”

Cahoon will retain his role and responsibilities with TCIP, overseeing a competitive grant process that helps bring new technologies to market. To support the diversification of Utah’s economy, GOED focuses efforts on six strategic industry clusters: aerospace and defense; energy and natural resources; financial services; life science; outdoor products and recreation; and software and IT. In his role as a cluster director, Cahoon will serve as liaison to life science companies statewide. He will convene industry in various programs and initiatives to develop solutions for current challenges and optimize growth.

Prior to his time at GOED, Cahoon worked at World Trade Center Utah, helping small and medium-sized businesses grow through international trade. Cahoon received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University- Hawaii.

Cahoon will assume his additional responsibilities at GOED immediately.