About Us

Great economies are built around great universities.

Mission

The Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) at The Ohio State is here to serve our university and community and to build a unique experience for all who engage with us.

TCO is here to serve our faculty and students, our partners in business, our entrepreneurs and the community at large. Our goal is to add value in every transaction and support all phases of university technology commercialization, industry relations, and start-up development at Ohio State.

Who We Are

With more than 64,000 students, 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors and nearly 16,000 acres of campus available, The Ohio State University is one of the largest and most diverse public universities in the country. Recognized for academic performance, research collaborations, a top-tier academic medical center and premier cancer hospital, the University is a leader among institutions of higher education.

In 2011, the leadership of Ohio State undertook a major effort toward building a new model that efficiently translates its research into new products, new industries, and global impact. To achieve this goal, the university created a new office of Technology Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer (TCO) to guide this charge. TCO’s main goal is to become a major driver of economic impact and breakthrough innovation in Ohio and the U.S.

Our Objectives

  • Build a culture of innovation, service, responsiveness, creativity, and accountability
  • Create customized initiatives that enhance our research colleges
  • Develop a robust start-up culture that drives economic development
  • Increase industry-sponsored research and long term partnerships
  • Engage students in every aspect of the commercialization process to enhance their learning experience in support of Ohio State’s mission
  • Make Ohio State a top five research institution in commercialization productivity

TCO Teams

The TCO team is passionate about serving Ohio State and understands meaningful change and the true measure of success is through the execution of valuable ideas. Great ideas start with great people!

Leadership

The leadership team at TCO is transforming TCO into a simple, elegant, and transformative operation to best serve Ohio State’s faculty, staff, students as well as our industry and community partners.

Timothy R. Wright
Interim Vice President, OSU Technology Commercialization
Founding Partner
Drug Development Institute (DDII)
OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center
Wright.1396@osu.edu
614-406-3587 (cell)
614-292-3092 (TCO)
JIM MILLER
Senior Associate Vice President, Business Development
614-292-8005
miller.156@osu.edu
CHERYL TURNBULL
Finance Director
614-247-8881
turnbull.58@osu.edu

Operations

The operations team keeps the house in order by overseeing the fiscal, administrative, student, marketing, and outreach needs for TCO. The operations team prides itself on quality customer service, efficiency, and a responsive culture. They plan, execute, facilitate, communicate, budget, and make sure we’re generally on the straight and narrow.

JEFFERY ANDERSON
Compliance Officer
614-292-3731
anderson.1137@osu.edu
MELANIE BAKER
Marketing and Communications Manager
614-292-9839
baker.756@osu.edu
LEAH BLEWITT
Administrative Associate
614-292-7517
blewitt.8@osu.edu
KELLI CANADY
Invention Intake & Compliance Manager
614-247-4022
canady.12@osu.edu
ANGELA CARTER
Fiscal Officer
614-688-7991
carter.1306@osu.edu
MIKE COUTINHO
Licensing and Systems Officer
614-247-8442
coutinho.1@osu.edu
JESSICA FENG
Administrative Associate
614-688-1049
feng.80@osu.edu
KRYSTAL GEYER
Student Programs Coordinator
614-292-4177
geyer.71@osu.edu
NICHOLE MOORE
Staff Assistant
614-292-1315
moore.3133@osu.edu
ANDREA POWELL
Fiscal Associate
powell.779@osu.edu
ALEX RICE
Grant Coordinator
614-292-7382
rice.492@osu.edu
TOM ROSOL, PhD
Professor; Senior Advisor, Life Sciences
614-292-8258
rosol.1@osu.edu
MIKE STEFFENSMEIER
Assistant General Counsel
614-292-6482
steffensmeier.5@osu.edu
SARA TURNER
Executive Assistant
614-292-3092
turner.465@osu.edu
ERIC WAGNER
Senior Business Analyst
wagner.293@osu.edu
JENNY WARNER
Patent Coordinator
614-292-8179
warner.513@osu.edu
GREG WILSON, PhD
Dir., Business Development – Life Sciences
614-685-9761
wilson.2127@osu.edu

New Ventures

The New Venture team at TCO fuses human capital, funding, and technology to create startups. When a new technology is presented to the TCO, New Ventures provides the methodology support, answers, connections, and resources it needs to produce a viable company. They’re friends with everyone until challenged in ping pong.

CHRIS HIRSCH
Technology Business Associate
614-292-5602
hirsch.48@osu.edu
CHRIS KOENIG
Technology Business Associate
614-688-1043
koenig.326@osu.edu

Licensing

The Licensing Team assess, manages and places technologies into the marketplace while protecting intellectual property created at The Ohio State University. When they aren’t focused on the pipeline or closing a deal, the licensing team is also responsible for managing relationships with Ohio State’s many constituents.

ERIN BENDER
Senior Life Sciences Technology Licensing Officer
614-247-7430
bender.151@osu.edu
JASON DAHLMAN, PhD
Life Sciences Technology Licensing Analyst
614-292-7945
dahlman.3@osu.edu
ELIZABETH DROTLEFF, PhD
Senior Life Sciences Technology Licensing Officer
614-292-9792
drotleff.4@osu.edu
LEODIS “CHAMP” GUPTON, PhD
Life Sciences Technology Licensing Officer
614-247-7354
gupton.1@osu.edu
MELISSA KELLY, PhD
Life Sciences Technology Licensing Analyst
614-292-9682
kelly.905@osu.edu
GARTH MASHMANN
Physical Sciences Technology Licensing Analyst
614-247-8331
mashmann.1@osu.edu
DAVID MESS
Senior Life Sciences Technology Licensing Officer
614-688-8165
mess.11@osu.edu

Design Ideation

The Design Ideation group is responsible for maintaining the gate keeping process for incoming inventions. They help determine the greatest potential to maximize an invention’s value and assist with developing commercial applications through idea generation sessions that empower the “Techperts”, or inventors, to identify and discover innovative trends. This team can visualize, actualize, and did we mention, they can seriously draw!

 PAUL REEDER
Director, Ideation Lab
614-688-1037
reeder.6@osu.edu

Contracts

The TCO Contracts Team works to coordinate all contracts inbound and outgoing. When they aren’t executing an agreement they also negotiate, process, and track any and all required agreements between researchers, companies, and other entities to ensure that they are in compliance with university, hospital, state and federal guidelines. In short, they keep us legit.

JAMIE LANE
Contracts Associate
614-247-6633
lane.447@osu.edu
LIZ RICHARDS
Contracts Officer
614-247-6587
richards.1143@osu.edu
DARCY SCHLAUFMAN
Contracts Officer
614-292-3104
schlaufman.2@osu.edu

Software

The Software Prototyping Team works to create the best prototypes out of Ohio State’s software inventions. They pride themselves on a rapid iteration and a quick turn-around. Lovingly referred to as “The Shop”, the team continues to work with the wide range of enterprise level and native mobile application software that are disclosed at Ohio State.

DAN ROCKWELL
Program Manager, Software Prototyping Center
614-292-9640
rockwell.66@osu.edu
PAUL COOK
Software Developer
614-292-9640
cook.424@osu.edu
BEN PAPPALARDO
User Interface Design
614-292-2231
pappalardo.4@osu.edu
KEYAN HARDMAN
Web Development Intern
614-292-2231
hardman.37@osu.edu
BRETT KOENIG
Mobile Development Intern
Koenig.337s@osu.edu

Student Associates

Student associates serve a valuable role in the technology commercialization process by assisting in the triage, analysis, and commercialization of Ohio State technologies. Associates work in an exciting, fun, open environment and assist Licensing Officers, the New Ventures Group, and The Shop in evaluating and branding Ohio State technologies.  As an added perk, they also keep us cool, hip, and let us know if we’re lagging behind in the latest pop culture news, sports, and fashion.

NICK BLUM
Licensing
blum.84s@osu.edu
DREW COCKS
IP Analysis
cocks.3s@osu.edu
AUSTIN CUERVO
Patent Coordinator Assistant
cuervo.2s@osu.edu
TYLER FREDERICK
Business
frederick.157s@osu.edu
BEA GUTIERREZ
Business
gutierrez.93s@osu.edu
CHRIS HOFFMAN
IP Analysis
hoffman.792s@osu.edu
ZACH HORNER
Operations & Finance
horner.96s@osu.edu
SANGMI KIM
Law
kim.4393s@osu.edu
MIKE LEMON
Industrial Design
lemon.246s@osu.edu
HUNTER LOUDERBACK
Licensing
louderback.10s@osu.edu
MEGHAN MANNION
IP Analysis
mannion.631s@osu.edu
JEN SHAL
Business
shal.1s@osu.edu