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Board of Governors

Don Taylor


Don Taylor, UC Davis Health

Donald P. Taylor, PhD, MBA, CLP, serves as the inaugural Chief Ventures Officer of UC Davis Health (UCDH) and leads the UCDH Ventures Office. The Ventures Office partners with the innovation and entrepreneurship teams at UC Davis to develop and commercialize intellectual property and advance research translation. Prior to joining UC Davis Health, Dr. Taylor was executive director of licensing for The Ohio State University since 2021. There he built and led a team of 15 people who oversee licensing and intellectual property for over $1.3 billion in annual research spend across all 16 colleges, including the College of Medicine and the Wexner Medical Center. Prior to Ohio State he served as assistant vice chancellor for commercial translation in the health sciences, executive director of sciVelo, co-director of the Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data, and associate professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Pittsburgh from 2016-2021. read more

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Julie Watson, Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP

Julie M. Watson is a patent attorney and member of the transactions practice group at Marshall Gerstein & Borun, LLP, a Chicago-based intellectual property law firm. A licensing professional with deep experience in structuring and negotiating deals to deliver strategic solutions, Julie concentrates her practice on intellectual property transactions with a particular emphasis in technology startups and university technology transfer. Her prior work includes managing nonprofit intellectual property licensing programs including the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the American Medical Association. read more

Kirsten Leute


Kirsten Leute, Osage University Partners

Kirsten Leute is Partner, University Relations at Osage University Partners (OUP), a venture capital firm that invests in deep science startups out of academic research institutions. 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 and their entrepreneurs. read more

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Fiona Nicolson, Burness Paull

Fiona joined Scottish headquartered law firm Burness Paull as a consultant in November 2022 and leads the firm’s life science practice. She is both a Scottish and English qualified lawyer with many years' experience in working with a large range of clients across a number of sectors including life sciences, IT, software, engineering, consumer products and academia. In addition to advising blue chip companies and public bodies, Fiona advises growing SMEs, assisting them to enter new markets through licensing and other collaborative ventures. Fiona is highly experienced in international licensing transactions and has worked with many businesses in the life sciences sector, helping them to enter new markets using licensing and other collaborative ventures. read more


Immediate Past Chair

Sian Godwin, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals

Sian is the Executive Director BD&L and Alliance Management at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals where she is responsible for managing relationships with existing partners as well as identifying, negotiating and closing product acquisition and/or licensing deals targeted primarily at the US market. Sian has over 15 years of pharma/biotech transactional experience including in and out licensing, M&A, divestitures, strategic partnerships, research collaborations and product acquisitions. Sian is a firm believer in driving innovation and access to life changing medicines through collaborative partnerships and alliances. read more


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Héctor Chagoya, Mextrategy

With a career in IP that started in 1997 and having led a patents team that has filed more than 10,000 patents for companies in all fields of technology, ranging from Mexican inventors to multinational companies, Héctor E Chagoya Cortés decided in 2021 to start Mextrategy to focus on the strategic and management side of IP rights. Within a year, Mextrategy has been involved in Covid-19 related technology transfer and innovation projects, start-up consultancy, medical devices and IoT/blockchain/big data projects where he deploys his expertise focusing heavily on portfolio management strategies, innovation strategies, freedom-to-operate opinions, technology intelligence studies, IP-assets valuation, IP negotiations, technology evaluation and substantive issues of patent litigation. read more

Kathleen Denis

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Kathleen A. Denis is a consultant specializing in the management of intellectual assets in the life sciences, working with academic and industry clients to manage intellectual property portfolios, resolve intellectual property licensing disputes and start new technology-based businesses. Dr. Denis was the Founding Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at The Rockefeller University, a premier biomedical research institution located in New York City, where she spent 18 years managing the intellectual property of their elite researchers. read more

Claire Driscoll

Claire Driscoll, University of California Santa Barbara

Claire T. Driscoll is an experienced technology licensing, industry contracts and alliance management professional who has a passion for facilitating the successful commercialization of promising technologies originating from the federal government and academic sectors. She joined the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)’s Office of Technology & Industry Alliances (TIA) as Director in January 2023. Prior to joining UCSB, Ms. Driscoll was employed in various research and senior technology transfer roles over a more than three decade-long career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, including serving as the Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)’s Technology Transfer Office from 2002-2022. read more


Alexander Ducruet, University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute

Alexander P. Ducruet, Ph.D., CLP is Executive Director, Licensing & Innovation Commercialization, for the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) Innovation Institute, where he is responsible for intellectual property protection and commercialization for Pitt innovations.  The Innovation Institute is the hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at Pitt and provides a comprehensive suite of services for Pitt Innovators, from protecting intellectual property to commercialization through licensing and new enterprise development. Prior to the formation of the Innovation Institute, Alex led licensing activities for Pitt’s Office of Technology Management, which he joined in 2005. read more

Anji Miller

Anji Miller, LifeArc

Anji is a technology transfer professional with more than 20 years’ experience of working with early-stage, translational life science research. Anji has extensive experience of IP related transactions and management, including, licensing, strategic partnership, funding, business development of healthcare technologies and development of knowledge transfer policies. Her current role at LifeArc involves working with academic and charitable establishments toidentify, cultivate and commercialize early-stage healthcare technologies. As the LifeArc Lead for the Innovation Hubs for Gene Therapies, she leads activities to ensure viral advanced therapies are developed to impact patients. read more

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Dan Potvin, General Electric Company

Dan Potvin is a Senior Director of Licensing at GE.  Based in Niskayuna, NY at GE’s Global Research Center, he joined the Licensing team in 2012.  Dan leads the development and negotiation of IP licensing programs across a variety of fields with a current focus on engineering software and hybrid electric vehicles. Dan is a Certified Licensing Professional and a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES).  He has over 16 years of experience in negotiating complex licensing transactions and partnerships.  His specialties include patent licensing, technology transfer, patent pools, and commercialization of advanced technology. read more

Natalie Raffoul

Natalie Raffoul, Brion Raffoul LLP and Co-Founder, Fortress IAM

Natalie Raffoul is a world-renowned IP lawyer and managing partner of BRION RAFFOUL LLP, a law firm specializing in intellectual property (IP) law, which she co-founded in 2008. Ms. Raffoul is a world-renowned expert in the patenting of software, business methods, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the legal issues surrounding such subject matter. Natalie is consistently ranked among the world’s leading patent practitioners in the IAM Patent 1000 publication annually since 2014 and shortlisted as one of the most Highly Recommended patent prosecutors in Canada. Since 2020 she has been recognized in the IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists as a Global Leader in leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximize the value of IP portfolios. read more


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