March 18, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The
Stevens Center for Innovation, a university-wide resource that helps
innovators make impact with their ideas, today announced the appointment of
as Executive Director.
, Dyer will focus on increasing the breadth and scope of private sector engagements that lead to the adoption and use of university-generated inventions, software and other innovations. She will also help in recruiting transformative faculty to the university by ensuring that
supports their translational research, intellectual property management, patenting, licensing, mentoring and translational funding, as well as assistance with spinning out university technologies. Particular areas of focus will include customer services for faculty and industry partners, building strategic sponsored research relationships with private companies, increasing technology disclosures and deal executions. Dyer will begin in her new position on
March 25, 2013
from Life Technologies Corporation, where she served as a Corporate Development Consultant, leading the development of negotiation strategy and negotiating key licensing deals. Dyer has 20 years of experience in technology transfer, including serving as Director of Technology Development at The
Scripps Research Institute
. At Scripps, Dyer contributed to growth in both licensing activity and corporate sponsored research, including major funding relationships with Novartis, Johnson & Johnson and PPG. Her experience at Scripps includes supervising 800 licensing negotiations for equity, royalties and other financial terms, formation of 30 start-up companies and over 300 research funding agreements.
"I am very excited to have
Stevens as its new Executive Director," states
, Vice President of Research at USC. "Jennifer is a proven leader and brings a wealth of experience in technology translation that we know will result in
research making a greater impact on society and the market."
Stevens is supported by an endowment provided by
Mark and Mary Stevens
, which enables the university to provide services that go beyond the typical technology transfer office. The university remains committed to ensuring that
Stevens is a leader in empowering
faculty and students to maximize the impact of their research and scholarship by creating successful relationships with investors, corporations and other private entities, as well as initiating start-up companies.
About the USC Stevens Center for Innovation
Stevens Center for Innovation (
) is a university-wide resource in the Office of the Provost at the
University of Southern California
that helps identify, nurture, protect and transfer to the market the most exciting innovations from
. It also provides a central connection for industry seeking cutting-edge innovations in which to invest. As part of this role, the
Stevens Center manages the university's intellectual property portfolio stemming from its approximately
annual research program. Furthermore, the
Stevens Center develops the innovator as well as innovations, through educational programs, community-building events and showcase opportunities.
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