Stanford director of technology licensing to discuss tech transfer

Published: Apr 6, 2009 11:09:00 AM
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Katharine Ku, director of the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) at Stanford University, will deliver a lecture on technology transfer on Tuesday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in Hartley Auditorium, 1103 Shelby Center. Her talk, "An Insider's View of Technology Transfer at Stanford University," will highlight the truths and myths of the licensing program and the great challenge of creating a successful program. In 2008, Stanford received $62.5 million in gross royalty revenue from more than 600 technologies, with royalties ranging from $16 million to $37 million.

Ku, who has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Cornell and a master's degree in chemical engineering from Washington University, is a registered patent agent. From 1994-98, along with her position at OTL, Ku was responsible for Stanford's pre-award Sponsored Projects Office. She was vice president for business development at Protein Design Labs, Inc. in Mountain View, Calif. from 1990-1991. Prior to this, Ku spent 12 years at Stanford in various positions, worked at Monsanto and Sigma Chemical as a research scientist and administered a dialysis clinical trial at University of California.

Ku is currently a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences study entitled "Management of University Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research and Dialogue." She is a member of the Certified Licensing Professional Board of Governors.

This seminar is part of the Ginn Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

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