Director of MIT Technology Licensing Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lesley Millar-Nicholson, has been the Director of MIT Technology Licensing Office (TLO) since July 2016. She leads a team of professional staff managing the intellectual assets and technology transfer process for MIT’s inventions. Located in Kendall Square the TLO is responsible for engagement with faculty, staff and students and for the efficient and effective transfer of IP into the market place to ensure impact in society. Working with MIT startup companies, VC’s and corporate partners the team manage around 800 inventions a year from the MIT and Lincoln Lab campuses. The MIT portfolio includes over 2500 issued US patents, 1,000 active licenses with nearly 300 yielding revenue. The TLO is an integral part of the MIT innovation ecosystem working closely with the Industrial Liaison Program, Office of Sponsored Programs, the Deshpande Center, Sandbox Innovation Fund Program, Venture Mentoring Service, Martin Trust Entrepreneurship Center, MIT Innovation Initiative and many other programs and centers established to harness the amazing innovations from MIT faculty, students and staff. Prior to arriving in Cambridge Ms. Millar-Nicholson had served for ten years as Director of the Office of Technology Management (OTM) at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. Ms. Millar-Nicholson is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Governors of Certified Licensing Professionals Inc, (CLP Inc.), an active member of AUTM and the Licensing Executive Society. A native of Scotland, Ms. Millar-Nicholson has a B.Ed., M.Ed, MBA and is a Certified Licensing Professional.
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 […]