Meridian Star

March 2, 2014

Man with local ties takes top honors

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Deerfield, Ill. — A man with Meridian ties won top honors among at a technology meeting in California.

    More than 1,800 technology transfer professionals from across the globe participated in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) annual meeting, Feb. 19 – 22, in San Francisco, which featured networking, professional development, and sessions with national and international experts on trends in technology transfer. In addition, the association recognized outstanding achievement with several award presentations during the meeting.

    The AUTM President's Award, which recognizes outstanding and lasting contributions to the organization, was presented to Christopher Yochim, External Relations Director, AstraZeneca, in Wilmington, Del., during the AUTM Annual Meeting. Yochim has 19 years of experience conducting technology transfer and academic relations, including serving on various AUTM task forces and committees and as the first pharmaceutical industry member of the Board.

    "Chris is a valuable advocate for the profession," said AUTM President Sean P. Flanigan. “Not only has he promoted AstraZeneca’s support for AUTM activities throughout the years, he has personally contributed tireless enthusiasm and volunteer hours to the association. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award.”

    The President’s Award was given in recognition of Chris’ outstanding and lasting contribution to AUTM spanning 19 years. Chris also holds the distinction of being the first recipient of the President’s Award from the biopharmaceutical industry.  

    Accepting the award, Chris said, “I’m proud to be a member of this profession and I’m proud to be associated with so many talented people in academia and industry who are part of the AUTM.  I’m proud to represent AstraZeneca, a company whose R&D and senior leadership recognize the vital importance of strategic collaborations with academia in order to identify and access innovative science.”

    Chris is the son of Dorothy Yochim Gleason and the late A.R. Yochim of Meridian.  Chris has been with AstraZeneca for 35 years, and  resides in Southeastern Pennsylvania where he owns and operates Easy Rider Stables, engaged in breeding and training standard bred race horses in his spare time.