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Editor-in-Chief,   Anatole Krattiger

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Fiocruz, Brazil

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NELSEN, Lita Photograph Lita Nelsen is the Director of the Technology Licensing Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she has been since 1986. Every year, the office manages over 400 new inventions originating from M.I.T., the Whitehead Institute, and Lincoln Laboratory. Typically, the office negotiates over 100 licenses and starts up over 20 new companies each year. Ms. Nelsen earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T., as well as an M.S. in Management from M.I.T. as a Sloan Fellow. Prior to joining the M.I.T. Technology Licensing Office, Ms. Nelsen spent 20 years in industry, primarily in the fields of membrane separations, medical devices, and biotechnology; she worked at such companies as Amicon, Millipore, Arthur D. Little, Inc., and Applied Biotechnology. Ms. Nelsen was the 1992 President of the Association of University Technology Managers. She serves on the board of the Mount Auburn Hospital and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Foundation. She also serves as the intellectual property advisor to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and is a founding and current board member of MIHR. Ms. Nelsen is widely published in the fields of technology transfer and university/industry collaborations. She was a CMI Fellow at Cambridge MIT Institute (at the University of Cambridge), where she studied the role of university/industry/government partnerships in technology transfer and local economic development. She is a co-founder of Praxis, the U.K. University Technology Transfer Training Programme.

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Show AbstractAbstract The Activities and Roles of M.I.T. in Forming Clusters and Strengthening Entrepreneurship

Show AbstractAbstract Ensuring Developing-Country Access to New Inventions: The Role of Patents and the Power of Public Sector Research Institutions

Show AbstractAbstract Evaluating Inventions from Research Institutions

Show AbstractAbstract Ten Things Heads of Institutions Should Know about Setting Up a Technology Transfer Office

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