Katharine Ku

Executive Director of the Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University

Katharine Ku is Executive Director of the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) at Stanford University.  OTL is responsible for the licensing of various state-of-the-art university technologies and industry sponsored research agreements.

In addition to Stanford, Ku was Vice President, Business Development at Protein Design Labs, Inc. and worked at Monsanto and Sigma Chemical.

Ku is currently a member of the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Industry Advisory Board.  She has served on the CLP Board of Governors, BIO Board, and LES Board of Trustees.  She was President of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) from 1988-90. She received the AUTM 2001 Bayh-Dole Award. Ku was a committee member of the NAS study entitled Management of University Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research, and Dialogue. She served as a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director of Intramural Research and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science and Technology Partnerships Advisory Committee.

Ku has a B.S. Chemical Engineering (Cornell University), an M.S. in Chem. Eng. (Washington University in St. Louis).

H4: The Current and Future State of Non-Profit Technology Transfer in the United States

Coronado D1 & D2

The panel will speak on opportunities for performing the technology transfer function in an increasingly complex environment with ever-expanding responsibilities. The panel will focus on the U.S. non-profit technology transfer experience from the perspective of government and research institutions. The panel will also discuss the role of industry and other key stakeholders and changes that […]


J3: Organic Chaotic Innovation

Regatta B/C

Innovation chaos is a result of inserting the organization’s technology-transfer (TT) function into the midst of the process of creating and shaping intellectual property (IP) for commercialization at the earliest possible development stages. Rather than depending on a structured, one-way flow of information from innovators to the TT office and onward, chaotic innovation depends on […]