Kathleen A. Denis, Ph.D. is the Associate Vice President of Technology Transfer at The Rockefeller University, a premier biomedical research institution located in New York City. Managing the intellectual assets of the University, she works with their elite group of researchers to establish partnerships with industry in order to develop and commercialize technologies for the public good. Formerly a consultant specializing in the management of intellectual assets in the life sciences, she worked with academic and industry clients to manage intellectual property portfolios, evaluate new technologies, market and license technologies and start new technology-based businesses.
Dr. Denis is active in numerous professional organizations and speaks frequently about early stage technology evaluation, formation of start-up companies, conflict of interest and other issues of academic technology transfer. She is a Past President of the Licensing Executives Society USA/Canada (LES), and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association.
From 1995 through 1998 Dr. Denis was Vice President, Technology Development at Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation. She managed the intellectual property and research assets of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University, as well as Allegheny General Hospital and Allegheny Singer Research Institute. Responsibilities of this position included the evaluation and marketing of technologies, building collaborative relationships with the biomedical and biopharmaceutical communities and promotion of economic development in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Denis was a Director at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Technology Transfer from 1991 to 1995, where she managed a large portfolio of biotechnology and pharmaceutical related technologies. Previously, she was an investigator at the Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA for eight years, and a Senior Scientist at Specialty Laboratories, Inc. She has over thirty scientific publications.
Dr. Denis holds a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Human Genetics from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and an undergraduate degree in genetics from Cornell University.