Ray Wheatley retired in August 2015 as Director for Technology Commercialization in the Office for Technology Development at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center with 31 years service. During his tenure, Ray and his staff evaluated over 2,500 new invention disclosures and filed hundreds of US and foreign patent applications. These efforts resulted in hundreds of issued patents and over 900 negotiated license agreements and other agreements generating more than $178 million. In addition, more than 30 start-ups were formed. After retiring, he joined Apio Innovation, currently serving as Managing Director. He has been an invited speaker at over 100 national and international events, specializing in negotiation skills and advanced intellectual property licensing topics. He is an emeritus member of AUTM and has been awarded their President’s Award and their Volunteer Service Award.