Dr. Ashley Stevens has led Boston University’s Office of Technology Transfer for fifteen years. He then became Special Assistant to the Vice President for Research for two years before retiring from full time employment at BU. For ten years he was a Lecturer in the Strategy and Innovation Department in The Questrom School of Business, where he taught two graduate-level, inter-disciplinary courses on Technology Commercialization. Before joining Boston University, he was Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School. He currently chairs the Patent Committee of the Forsyth Institute, a research institute affiliated with the Harvard Dental School.
During his tenure at Boston University, the Office of Technology Development spun out over 50 companies based on the University’s research, a number of which raised substantial amounts of capital, and the University’s licensing income climbed steadily.
He is a Guest Professor at Osaka University, Japan, where he teaches G-TEC, an intensive summer course on technology commercialization, and was a Principal Investigator at the National University of Singapore (Suzhou) Research Institute, where he teaches professional development courses on technology management. He has also taught in Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, S. Africa and Thailand.
Ashley publishes and lectures frequently on many aspects of technology transfer, including the Bayh-Dole Act, the economic impact of technology transfer and its role in economic development, the contribution of academia to the discovery of new drugs and vaccines, the role of technology transfer in global health and technology valuation. He was the recipient of the Bayh-Dole Award at the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2007 Annual Meeting and was President of AUTM in 2010 / 11. He is also active in the Licensing Executives Society.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences, a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University. He is a Certified Licensing Professional and a Registered Technology Transfer Professional.