Speakers

Training Session: T2 for Beginners - An Interactive Course

Kiana Williams is the Intellectual Property Portfolio Manager for the Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) at the National Security Agency (NSA). In her current position, she focuses on intellectual property (IP) valuation, technology management as well as facilitating and executing a variety of partnerships to protect NSA IP and advance technology. 

Prior to joining NSA, Kiana had vast experience in both the public and private sector as an attorney, a licensing contractor, a technical analyst, and a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She is also a registered patent practitioner with the USPTO.  

Kiana has her Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University’s. She has also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University. She is Certified Licensing Professional credentialed from the Licensing Executives Society, Inc. and a certified mediator. 

Steven Marquis is the Acting Deputy Director and Senior Partnerships Officer in the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He works with NIST’s operating units and external organizations to draft and negotiate cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs), determine patent filing strategies, patent license negotiation and other technology transfer agreements. 

Prior to joining TPO, Steven was a Senior Partnership Manager at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) where he negotiated CRADAs, licenses and other technology agreements, and served as the NRL Human Research Protection Officer. Steven was a Senior Technology Transfer Manager at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) where he negotiated CRADAs and other technology transfer agreements, managed patent prosecution and supervised technology transfer managers. Steven was a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he examined patent applications in the areas of batteries, fuel cells and electrochemistry. 

Training Session: CRADA Workshop

Robert (Bob) Charles serves as Chief, Medical Research Law at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), with its six designated laboratories and multiple research entities worldwide. From 2002-2011, he served on the FLC Executive Board as Chair of the Legal Issues Committee. Since 2007, Bob has taught the CRADA Workshop at the FLC National Meetings as part of the training for tech transfer professionals. He was the editor of the 2009 Federal Technology Transfer Legislation and Policy (“The Green Book”), and update editor of the FLC ORTA Handbook, A Comprehensive Guide for Office of Research and Technology Applications Personnel. Bob is a retired Army Judge Advocate, having served tours as legal counsel at four major medical centers and at the Army’s Medical Command headquarters. He was the first editor of the U.S. Army Medical Command Medical Legal Deskbook, and has published numerous articles on medical/legal issues. Bob has won numerous awards, including the prestigious DoD George Linsteadt Technology Transfer Award in 2019. He has an LL.M. in Administrative Law from The Judge Advocate General’s School, an M.P.H. from Harvard University, a J.D. from the University of Utah and a B.S. from UC Berkeley.

Jason Martinez is the lead CRADA Specialist for Sandia National Laboratories and has executed over 200+ CRADAs with a contract value of over $175 million.  He was named Technology Transfer Professional of the year for the Technology Transfer Working Group (TTWG) in 2019, and for the FLC in 2020.  He has led three TTWG Committees and has presented at numerous TTWG and FLC regional and national meetings.  Jason obtained an M.B.A and J.D. from the University of New Mexico.  

Training Session: Strategic T2 for Engaging the External Ecosystem

Training Session: Marketing Strategies

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Welcome from FLC Chair John Dement

John Dement is detailed to the Office of Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering, Laboratories, & Personnel Office leading DoD Technology Transfer. He has served on the Executive Board of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) for a dozen years in the roles of Member at Large, Regional Coordinator, and currently as Chair. John just celebrated his 30th anniversary as a Navy civil servant at Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center’s (NSWC Crane).

From 2007 to 2014, he served as the lab’s Office of Research & Technology Application (ORTA) and Technology Transfer (T2) director where he negotiated over 140 licenses and collaborative partnership agreements. Highlights include establishing Innovation Discovery Events, T2 economic impact studies, and a PIA network of 20 partners. He then was formally loaned to the State of Indiana under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) in 2015 and 2016 to pilot a statewide technology transfer (T2) and commercialization model to leverage federally funded innovation.

His career at NSWC Crane includes the following assignments: Systems Engineer in the Program Office, Washington, D.C.; Science Advisor to the Pacific Fleet’s Maintenance Officer in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and managing the SBIR and other technology-oriented alternative funding programs. Prior to the Navy, he worked as a structural engineer on the F-15E for McDonnell Douglas. Mr. Dement has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Evansville and a M.P.A. from Indiana University.

 

Keynote - FBI Special Agent Scott McGaunn

Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Scott McGaunn speaks to attendees during an Insider Threat Seminar at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., May 23. The presentation by McGaunn discussed an investigation of the American Superconductor case from inception to final economic impact. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)[/caption]

Scott McGaunn has been a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the past 25 years. He has investigated White Collar Crime and the Russian Mafia while stationed in San Francisco, and Italian Mafia Families while stationed in New York City. He spent 6 years on the Boston FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and 12 years investigating cyber criminals, intellectual property violations and corporate espionage in New York and Boston. Most recently, he was assigned to the Counterintelligence Division where he works on national security matters and speaks publicly on behalf of the Boston FBI. He is also an FBI certified Firearms Instructor, a member of the FBI’s Evidence Response Team, a Certified Police Instructor, and FBI Adjunct Faculty member, teaching crime scene management domestically and internationally. Scott was stationed in New York for 9/11, lived in a safe house with the boss of the real-life “Sopranos Family”, and worked the crime scene on Boylston Street for the Boston Marathon Bombing, among other notable assignments. 

Scott was nominated for the prestigious 2018 Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention. In addition, he was nominated for the 2018 FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Criminal Investigation for his involvement in an investigation which is soon to be the subject of a television documentary on international corporate espionage.

Scott received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, his Masters in Criminal Justice from University of Massachusetts – Lowell, and his M.B.A. from Bentley University. He currently teaches “Issues in Cybercrime and Cyber Security” as an adjunct faculty member at University of Massachusetts – Lowell. 

Concurrent Session: T2 and Non-Traditional Labs

Lisa Sanders is the Director of Science and Technology for Special Operations Forces, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (SOF AT&L), U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, where she is responsible for all research and development funded activities.

More than 30 years ago, Lisa entered Federal Service as an Electronics Engineer at Naval Avionics Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she served in quality engineering, production engineering and program management. In 1996, she transferred to the Naval Air Warfare Center and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, MD, serving as an Electronics Engineer and Program Manager for the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft. In 2003, she assumed responsibility for the production and modification of the CV-22. During her time at NAVAIR, she managed one of the first Multi-Year Procurements, and executed the modification and delivery of CV-22 production and developmental test aircraft. In 2005, she transferred to USSOCOM where she retained responsibility for CV-22 production and worked as the Systems Acquisition Manager for the C-130 program managing all C-130 projects across the Special Operations Forces inventory. In 2010, Lisa was promoted to position of Deputy Director for the Science and Technology Directorate; and the following year was assigned to the position of Director, Science & Technology. In 2014, she left USSOCOM to attend the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship in Aberdeen MD. She graduated in 2015, and was assigned to Headquarters, Air Force serving as the chair of the Air Force Capability Development Working Group. In 2016, she was selected as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader.

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Concurrent Session: Venture Funding in Early-Stage Technologies

John Bittman is an Interagency Policy Specialist in the Technology Partnerships Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he helps implement the NIST Director’s Return on Investment Initiative and the Presidential Management Agenda’s Lab-to-Market priorities. John serves several interagency technology transfer relevant roles including the Executive Secretary for the National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-Market Subcommittee and Recording Secretary for the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s (FLC) Executive Board.
Prior to joining NIST, John entered the Federal Government as a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he worked as a Technology Transfer Manager and Invention Development and Marketing Specialist within the National Cancer Institute’s Technology Transfer Center. He also spent time as a Special Assistant in the Department of Health and Human Services, where he managed the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit and helped advance a new office focused on accelerating clinical innovation.
John served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper, where he was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn. He holds a P.S.M. in Nanotechnology, a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Physical, Biomedical, and Behavioral Sciences), and a Certificate in Technology Ventures from the University of Central Florida.

Robert is a Director and Founder of Cimarron Capital Partners. Over the past 20 years, he has founded 3 funds of funds and one direct fund. Robert is a pioneer in strategies for attracting professional capital to underserved regions and coauthored the National Governors’ Association study, “The Experience of States with Seed and Venture Capital.” He is a direct investor in technology companies and has served on the Advisory Committees of numerous private equity and venture capital funds and as a member of the National Advisory Council of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for Technology Transfer. Robert has an M.B.A. from Northwestern University and a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma.

 

Kirsten Leute is a Partner of University Relations at Osage University Partners (OUP). In leading University Relations for OUP, Kirsten is responsible for the relationships with approximately 100 academic institutions that are partnered with the fund, engaging potential new partner institutions, and creating and delivering value-add programs for the partnered academic institutions.

Kirsten is an experienced technology transfer professional, having spent 19 years in technology transfer at Stanford University and the German Cancer Research Center. Prior to joining OUP, she was Associate Director at Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing. Over her career at Stanford, she managed portfolios of inventions in most technology areas, but concentrated in biotechnology.

She continues to be actively involved in technology transfer and university startups outside her daily work. She is currently on advisory boards for the University of Michigan, University of Arizona, and Oregon Health Sciences University technology transfer offices, is a board member of Women in Bio, is an Adcom member for America’s Seed Fund (SBIR/STTR out of NSF), and is a former two-time board member for AUTM.

Justin Yang is the Director of the DRIVe Catalyst Office. Justin is charged with leading a great team of restless innovators focusing on expanding the impact of the Accelerator Network, BARDA Ventures program, and accelerating commercialization of technologies for DRIVe and other BARDA programs.

Justin joined BARDA in 2016, working as the BARDA budget officer and innovation project officer within the Office of the Director (OD). Since his time at BARDA he has worked on projects across many divisions including IEIDD and CBRN. In 2018, he was one of the first members working in DRIVe to assist with the formation of the division. Prior to joining BARDA, he worked both within the U.S. Government as a Department of  Defense contractor, supporting clinical trials and research in infectious diseases (Influenza, HIV, and STI); and in the private sector for Advanced Bioscience Laboratories, Inc. a subsidiary of Institute Merieux as a co-investigator on the NIAID Division of AIDS Master Contract for vaccine development and the NIAID DMID master contract for manufacturing of biologics. Justin started his career as a stock broker for TD Ameritrade (public securities and equity side) prior to switching to the biomedical research field.

Concurrent Session: The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 in 2021‎

Dr. Courtney Silverthorn is the Acting Director of the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). With over a decade of experience in Federal technology transfer, she is currently responsible for providing leadership for TPO’s responsibilities in advancing NIST technology transfer and commercialization, the NIST SBIR program, and leading the implementation of interagency technology transfer policy efforts via NIST’s Return on Investment Initiative and the White House’s Lab-to-Market Cross-Agency Priority goal. She also oversees NIST-centric and agency-wide economic analysis on the impact of federal technology transfer.

Courtney is a Co-Chair of the National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-Market subcommittee and coordinates several Interagency working groups for tech transfer and intellectual property issues. She served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Office of Science and Technology Policy through a detail assignment in 2018, supporting both Lab-to-Market and Citizen Science.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Research Interchange, a world-wide network of thought leaders from large corporations, small businesses, and federal labs focusing on researching, developing and sharing best practices in innovation management, and serves as the Finance Officer on the Executive Board of the Federal Laboratory Consortium, a nationwide network of over 300 Federal laboratories focused on enabling commercialization of federally-funded technological developments.

Courtney earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a M.S. in Leadership and Public Policy from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Sweet Briar College. She has also earned certificates in Biotechnology Enterprise from Johns Hopkins and in Policy Strategy from the Brookings Institution.

Joe Allen served on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Birch Bayh (D-IN) securing passage of the Bayh-Dole Act which fostered R&D partnerships between universities and U.S. industry. The Economist Technology Quarterly called this law “possibly the most inspired piece of legislation to be enacted in America over the past half century.” On leaving the Senate staff, Joe was Executive Director of Intellectual Property Owners, Inc. (IPO) where he worked to create the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit before going to the U.S. Department of Commerce where he became the Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization. He was instrumental in the passage of major laws allowing U.S. industry to perform joint R&D with federal laboratories. Allen’s office oversaw Executive branch implementation of the Bayh-Dole and Federal Technology Transfer Acts and related presidential policy directives. He helped negotiate intellectual property rights provisions for major international science and technology agreements.

Joe became President of the National Technology Transfer Center established by Congress to promote industry/federal laboratory R&D partnerships. In 2008, he founded Allen and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in technology management/IP issues. Joe was the lead witness before the South African parliament on their Bayh-Dole law and consulted with the Republic of Kazakhstan to develop its technology transfer laws. In 2013, he co-chaired the White House Lab to Market Summit. AUTM presented Joe with the Driving Innovation Award “For His Tireless Work and Support as a Champion for the Bayh-Dole Act during the Past 30 Years” and the Bayh-Dole Award, its highest honor. He also writes a monthly column for IP Watchdog on technology management issues. Joe currently leads Bayh-Dole 40, a broad-based coalition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the enactment of that landmark law.

Rhonda Kivlin is the Intellectual Property Administrator at Northeastern University in Boston. She facilitates the protection of Northeastern’s intellectual property assets through invention disclosure to patent prosecution and licensing. She manages the patent docket, working closely with inventors and outside counsel to ensure that all deadlines are met, and oversees the University’s compliance with government reporting in regards to federally funded inventions.

 

Concurrent Session: Investment Crowdfunding as a Tool for T2 Initiatives

David Kistin leads economic development for Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As Acting Manager of Technology and Economic Development, he oversees several programs including the Sandia Science & Technology Park, the Entrepreneurial Separation to Transfer Technology program, the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program, and Sandia’s Center for Collaboration and Commercialization (C3). He currently serves as the Deputy Coordinator for FLC’s Mid-Continent region.

 

Jonny leads the Business Development team at Wefunder — the largest Regulation Crowdfunding platform. Originally from the United Kingdom, Jonny started his career in strategy consulting at Oliver Wyman, before founding the U.S. team at Kiva.org, which he led for seven years until early 2018, when he joined Wefunder. Jonny studied History at Cambridge, serves on the Federal Reserve Board’s Community Advisory Council, and moved to Nashville a few months ago, after ten years in San Francisco, with his wife Ali, and three young children — Felicity, Carlyle and Margot

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Concurrent Session: IP and Tech Transfer Topics in Manufacturing

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Dr. Robert W. Ivester serves as the Acting MEP Director and the Deputy Director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The MEP National Network™ focuses its expertise and knowledge as well as that of its partners (industry, educational institutions, state governments, NIST and other federal research laboratories and agencies) on providing U.S. manufacturers with information and tools they need to improve productivity, assure consistent quality, accelerate the transfer of manufacturing technology and infuse innovation into production processes and new products.

Robert served at the Department of Energy for seven years, most recently as Director of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. FEMP oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reduction in energy and water use in federal government operations. He also served in the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) for six years. During that time, AMO launched five Manufacturing USA Institutes, the Critical Materials Hub, and hundreds of small R&D and technical assistance projects across the Nation. He also worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for over 16 years, leading and performing research in advanced manufacturing.

He has been an instructor for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals program for graduate-level studies in manufacturing engineering since 2001. He is a SME Fellow and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received his doctorate in engineering, a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Stevan D. Mitchell is the Director of the International Trade Administration’s Office of Standards and Intellectual Property (OSIP) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. OSIP promotes foreign market opportunities for export of U.S. products and services through advancements in standards and intellectual property trade policy and by promoting business awareness. The office provides direct assistance to companies seeking to protect and enforce intellectual property rights (IPR) in foreign markets, including through the STOPfakes.gov Roadshow program and website.

 

Previously Stevan served as Vice President, Intellectual Property Policy for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). His responsibilities included leading industry engagement on matters of domestic and international trade, intellectual property and enforcement policy. 

 

Prior to joining the ESA, he served as Senior Counsel to the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and served as a Member of the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP).  As a PCCIP Commissioner, he was responsible for many of the legal studies and recommendations produced by the Commission, including Legal Foundations, a 14-volume study of legal issues associated with infrastructure protection.  As a Trial Attorney with CCIPS, he litigated cases under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and provided oversight, consultation and guidance on investigations and prosecutions involving illegal uses of technology. He also co-authored the second edition of DOJ’s intellectual property rights prosecution manual.

 

Mr. Mitchell earned his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. After completing a clerkship in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, he joined the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice through its Honor Graduate Program.

Craig Moss is Executive Vice President of Ethisphere and a leading expert on using management systems to improve compliance and risk management performance within companies and across supply chains. He is responsible for developing and delivering programs designed to help companies and their supply chains measure and improve their compliance programs on topics including data protection, trade secret protection, anti-corruption and cybersecurity. He has designed and led numerous programs helping Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms around the world to implement management systems to reduce supply chain risk and improve performance.

Craig is Chair of the Licensing Executives Society committee for developing an ANSI global standard for Intellectual Property Protection in the Supply Chain. Craig is also Director-Content at the Cyber Readiness Institute, an organization focused on improving cybersecurity in small and mid-sized businesses by focusing on human behavior. He is a Director at the Digital Supply Chain Institute, where he developed a program to accelerate and scale digital transformation, and a unique new data trading framework.

Prior to joining Ethisphere, Craig was COO at the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade. He co-developed the Social Fingerprint labor management maturity assessment and the TenSquared change management programs for Social Accountability International. He has published guides on implementing management systems to improve compliance for organizations including the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation and the United Nations. Previously, Craig founded Global Access Corporation, where he led more than 3,000 business development projects in 50 countries.

 

Concurrent Session: Building a Regional Technology Cluster: Making the Case ‎for Space in New Mexico

David Kistin leads economic development for Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As Acting Manager of Technology and Economic Development, he oversees several programs including the Sandia Science & Technology Park, the Entrepreneurial Separation to Transfer Technology program, the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program, and Sandia’s Center for Collaboration and Commercialization (C3). He currently serves as the Deputy Coordinator for FLC’s Mid-Continent region.

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Lab Directors Forum

Richard R. (Dick) Paul is an independent consultant with 40 years of R&D-related management experience. He retired from the USAF in 2000 in the rank of Major General after serving 33 years, and from The Boeing Company in 2007 as a vice president after serving seven years. During his Air Force career, Dick served in three Air Force laboratories, a product center, two major command headquarters, Headquarters USAF in the Pentagon, and a joint staff assignment. His latter three AF assignments were aligned with the Air Force science and technology enterprise, and in his final assignment he served as the first commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory. At Boeing, he served as a vice president in Boeing’s centralized research and technology organization that develops advanced technologies for Boeing’s family of commercial aircraft and defense-related aerospace products and systems. Dick is currently the chair of the FLC’s National Advisory Council. Formerly, he served on the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) Advisory Committee, as chair of the Innovation Research Interchange (IRI) Board of Directors, and as a member of the Missions Committee of the Sandia National Laboratories Board of Directors, the National Research Council Air Force Studies Board, and the Air University Board of Visitors. On the civic front, Dick is a current director and past vice chair of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors.

Brian J. Anderson, Ph.D., is the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) where he manages the complete NETL complex, including delivery and execution of the Laboratory’s mission, and national programs in fossil energy. Brian came to NETL from West Virginia University (WVU) where he served as the Director of the WVU Energy Institute. He has a long history of collaboration with NETL and other DOE national laboratories. He served NETL as the coordinator of the International Methane Hydrate Reservoir Simulator Code Comparison study in 2011 and was awarded a Secretary Honor Achievement Award from the Secretary of the Department of Energy for his role on the Flow Rate Technical Group, a team spanning multiple national laboratories that worked in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is also a recipient of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the initial stages of their careers. He served as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Roundtable on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development.
Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2000 at WVU and his master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004 and 2005 respectively. His research interests include molecular, reservoir, and multi-scale modeling and simulation applied to energy and biomedical systems.

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Concurrent Session: Management and Organizational Issues in Technology ‎Transfer at Federal Laboratories: Data Collection and Analysis ‎to Advance Commercialization of Federally Funded Research

Dr. Courtney Silverthorn is the Acting Director of the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). With over a decade of experience in Federal technology transfer, she is currently responsible for providing leadership for TPO’s responsibilities in advancing NIST technology transfer and commercialization, the NIST SBIR program, and leading the implementation of interagency technology transfer policy efforts via NIST’s Return on Investment Initiative and the White House’s Lab-to-Market Cross-Agency Priority goal. She also oversees NIST-centric and agency-wide economic analysis on the impact of federal technology transfer.

Courtney is a Co-Chair of the National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-Market subcommittee and coordinates several Interagency working groups for tech transfer and intellectual property issues. She served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Office of Science and Technology Policy through a detail assignment in 2018, supporting both Lab-to-Market and Citizen Science.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Research Interchange, a world-wide network of thought leaders from large corporations, small businesses, and federal labs focusing on researching, developing and sharing best practices in innovation management, and serves as the Finance Officer on the Executive Board of the Federal Laboratory Consortium, a nationwide network of over 300 Federal laboratories focused on enabling commercialization of federally-funded technological developments.

Courtney earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a M.S. in Leadership and Public Policy from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Sweet Briar College. She has also earned certificates in Biotechnology Enterprise from Johns Hopkins and in Policy Strategy from the Brookings Institution.

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Concurrent Session: Proof of Concept: A Bridge Across the Gap

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Ms. Gustetic is an experienced innovation leader in the Federal government and a policy entrepreneur. Currently she is the Director of Early-Stage Innovations and Partnerships for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. In this role she leads a portfolio of technology programs that engages diverse sources and creativity and innovation across the country, awarding more than $300M in funding annually through prize competitions, SBIR/STTR, research grants, internal innovation team projects, advanced concepts studies, and technology transfer. She also currently serves as the co-chair of the Partnership for Public Service’s Innovation Council (2018-today).

Previously she has served in various technology program management roles at NASA HQ, as the Assistant Director for Open Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and throughout her career has led numerous innovative communities focused on incentive prizes, citizen science, design thinking and the maker movement.

Outside of her government duties, she serves on the board of trustees member of the Van Alen Institute and on board of advisors member of the National Science Policy Network.

Jenn holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in technology policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a future of work research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2017-2019 and has also received an executive education certificate from Stanford University in Venture Capital investing. She has published numerous writings on innovation including in the MIT Press, Space Policy Journal, New Space Journal, and Issues in Science and Technology.

 

Jeffrey Clark Klein, PhD, MBA, Registered Patent Agent, is a Project Manager at Harrington Discovery Institute (HDI). Jeff provides project management support to Harrington Scholars and the Therapeutic Development Team to efficiently advance therapeutic assets toward clinical use.

Jeff joined HDI in October 2019. Prior to joining HDI, Jeff spent 10 years in positions that focused on commercial translation of early stage therapeutics, including in academic technology transfer (Case Western Reserve University and the Johns Hopkins University), government technology transfer (the National Institutes of Health), and small biotech (NovelMed Therapeutics). In his positions within academic and government technology transfer, Jeff led and supported various internal translational funding programs, including use of nondilutive funding sourced by the federal government, state government, and a foundation, as well as an equity-based mechanism for Case Western Reserve University startups.

Jeff received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University. His thesis focused on HIV-1 gp120 drug and vaccine design and he was a core contributor to a fully funded, multi-institutional, translationally-focused project. He received his M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

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Dr. Whitney Hastings is an Intellectual Property and Partnerships Manager at the FDA. Dr. Hastings has over 10 years of technology transfer experience, leading numerous technology transfer initiatives and managing diverse portfolios that include therapeutics, medical devices, cosmetics, software, and food safety technologies. She works closely with the FDA scientists and Centers on collaborations, contracts and intellectual property strategies, and negotiates a variety of technology transfer agreements with the FDA’s industry and academia partners.

Prior to joining the FDA in 2015, Dr. Hastings was a Licensing and Patenting Manager and Acting Branch Chief at the NIH Office of Technology Transfer. Whitney currently serves as the Awards Committee Chair for the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) where she is responsible for promoting and recognizing noteworthy technology transfer efforts of FLC laboratories. She recently expanded the Awards program to add new award categories and has taken leadership roles in several FLC initiatives as an Executive Board member.

Before working in technology transfer, Whitney worked in industry as an engineer with Corning, Inc. and was a fellow in the NCI Nanobiology program. She graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a minor in bioengineering from Clemson University, and completed her master’s and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

 

Ms. Lisa Marianni joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Technology & Innovation as a Health Scientist, Scientific Marketing. Lisa is responsible for facilitating the transfer of federally originated technology to the commercial market by conducting analytical assessments on the potential of inventions/technology; studying and evaluating market trends and needs; identifying strategies to facilitate and grow industry collaboration; enabling business development and technology commercialization; and providing assistance in guiding discoveries to market through new partner/venture creation and development. Lisa manages marketing and communications for CDC’s Office of Technology and Innovation which includes the Technology Transfer Office. She is a Registered Nurse and combines a clinical background with 20 years in healthcare marketing. Prior to joining the CDC, she served in a variety of management roles including Principal Consultant in Marketing Strategy, Senior Director in Client Services for an online start-up, and Global Products Manager/Director (externally) for UPS Global Healthcare Logistics Strategy. Lisa received her M.B.A. from Georgia State University and B.S.N. from Villanova University

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