What We Do
NC State University is a research powerhouse and a powerful economic engine for North Carolina. The Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) plays a crucial role in this by protecting and promoting University research discoveries and intellectual property, working with and guiding industry partners, and promoting the acceleration of startups. We’re driving economic growth by facilitating the commercialization of research discoveries.
- We provide innovators with a wide range of programs and services to protect, market, and license intellectual property developed at NC State. Collaboration with NC State innovators and industry partners has led to the creation of more than 100 startups and 500 commercialized products that benefit society on a local, national, and global scale.
- We work with industry partners to assess research for potential commercial success, seek partners who can benefit from new technology, and develop critical relationships that make the technology commercialization process work.
- We provide university entrepreneurs with assistance and resources to launch startups and scale businesses based on university innovations.
Meet Our Team
Wade Fulghum, MBA
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Commercialization
As Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Commercialization for the NC State Office of Research Commercialization, Wade leads the office whose mission is to facilitate the commercialization of innovative research discoveries to drive economic growth in not only North Carolina but around the world. He propels this mission forward by creating and overseeing programs aimed at discovering, validating and strengthening NC State technologies and teams.Read Bio
Kultaran Chohan, Ph.D., LL.M., CLP
Director of Licensing
As Director of Licensing, Kultaran leads the NC State Office of Research Commercialization’s team of licensing professionals as they work to facilitate the commercialization of university inventions/discoveries. Kultaran’s experience includes managing innovation, strategizing intellectual property assets, licensing technologies, and supporting startup company formation.Read Bio
Brian Eller, J.D.
Brian Eller is a Licensing Manager and the lead case manager for innovations from the Wilson College of Textiles, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Nonwovens Institute, and the College of Natural Resources. He also provides key guidance on germplasm agreements and manages the I-Corp fellowship program, as well as the internship program at ORC.Read Bio
Jason Lamb, J.D., L.L.M.
Senior Licensing Associate
As a Senior Licensing Associate with a multidisciplinary background, Jason co-manages innovations from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and manages commercialization efforts in software, databases, and data. He brings experience in copyright, patent, e-commerce and internet law, with a specific focus on contract negotiation and drafting, IP licensing, and software licensing and due diligence.Read Bio
Bradley Aycock, J.D., M.S.
As a Licensing Associate, Bradley co-manages innovations from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and manages technologies from the departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Physics.Read Bio
Becky Till, PSM
As a licensing analyst with a biomedical science and biotechnology background, Becky contributes to analysis, licensing, and commercialization of technologies in the life sciences portfolio. Becky earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences, Professional Science Master’s in Microbial Biotechnology, and is currently completing her PhD dissertation in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (Immunology concentration) at NC State University.Read Bio
Warren “Gerry” Sasser III, M.B.A.
Senior Agreements Manager
As Senior Agreements Manager, Gerry manages all miscellaneous agreements for the office including Material Transfer Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, Inter-Institutional Agreements, Plant Trialing Agreements and Plant Breeding Agreements along with overseeing all Patent Policy Exemption/Acknowledgement request.Read Bio
Rob Whitehead, Ph.D.
Germplasm Agreements Associate
Rob is the NC State Office of Research Commercialization’s Germplasm Agreements Associate and manages the intellectual property protection, licensing and commercialization of NC State’s plant portfolio. Rob’s experience includes managing innovation, strategizing intellectual property assets, licensing technologies, and supporting startup company formation.
Rob earned a Ph.D. in Toxicology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Biology at Virginia Tech and first joined ORC in 2002.
Research Commercialization Program Manager
As Research Commercialization Program Manager, Amy manages ORC’s Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) Program, National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Site, and Executives-in-Residence (XIR) Program. Amy is also responsible for building and maintaining ORC’s collaborative relationships with ecosystem partners while also building and supporting NC State’s startup pipeline.Read Bio
Sasha Campbell, M.A.
Digital Content & Communications Manager
As the Digital Content & Communications Manager, Sasha develops logos, branded materials, videos, motion graphics, and websites for startup companies launched by the ORC. As well as conceptualizes and leads long- and short-term projects geared towards communicating and marketing the unique value proposition of ORC. She is also the in-house photographer and videographer for multiple internal departments.Read Bio
Finance & Operations
Senior Financial Manager
As the Senior Financial Manager, her current duties include royalty distribution as well as financial reporting compliance. Roberta is a NC Notary Public and has also completed the Pathways Leadership Development program at NC State. Roberta received her BA of Business Management from Warner Southern College. She has over 20 years of experience in finance and compliance.Read Bio
As our Financial Manager Melicia manages legal payments, invoicing, collections and other accounting reporting functions. She has a broad knowledge and experience with the university’s accounting principles and policies. Her experience ranges from general accounting procedures, budgeting, reconciliation of accounts and reports, subsidiary ledgers, cost accounting, financial analysis, and fiscal functions.Read Bio
Patent Administrator, BS, CP
As Patent Administrator, Jodi assists the ORC licensing professionals with the tracking process of NCSU technologies during the patent prosecution stage, the assistance and collection of various signature documents with inventors, and the quality control of the issued patents and their renewals in the United States and foreign countries.Read Bio
Nicholas LeBlanc, Ph.D.
License Maintenance & Compliance Manager
As the License Maintenance & Compliance Manager, Nicholas manages Bayh-Dole compliance; agreement, disclosure, and patent data integrity; and reporting to both external and internal stakeholders. He is also the database administrator for the ORC’s internal database, KSS TechTracS, and is responsible for the design, implementation, and improvement of office data management procedures & automations.Read Bio
Diligence & IP Compliance Specialist
Nanci M. McInnes provides support to the License Maintenance & Compliance Manager. Within her role, Nanci manages and tracks licensee reports and royalty payments, as well as assists in meeting the full spectrum of reporting under the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act. In addition, Nanci also helps maintain the quality and integrity of the department’s data.Read Bio
As the Executive Assistant, Carmen provides daily administrative support and management for the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Wade Fulghum, and the ORC team. Prior to joining ORC, Carmen held a similar role supporting the Chief of Staff at the North Carolina Community College System office.Read Bio
Cindy Henry, NCCP
Patent Administrative Assistant
As a Patent Administrative Assistant, Cindy assists the Patent Administrator and the ORC licensing professionals with the tracking process of NCSU technologies during the patent prosecution stage, the assistance and collection of various signature documents with inventors, and the quality control of the issued patents and their renewals in the United States and foreign countries.Read Bio
Christian Capobianco, MA
Agreements and Data Quality Analyst
As an Agreements and Data Quality Analyst, Christian assists Nanci McInnes and Nicholas Leblanc with ensuring the accuracy and collection of agreement-related data. Prior to joining NC State, Christian interned at the United States Patent Trademark Office, where he analyzed patent applications, and he completed a practicum at North Carolina A&T’s Technology Transfer Office, where he analyzed invention disclosures and reviewed intellectual property policies.Read Bio
Fellows & Interns
Patent Licensing Extern
As a Patent Licensing Extern at the NC State’s Office of Research Commercialization (ORC), Alex works closely with the licensing team to assist in evaluating the patentability and subsequent licensing of the intellectual property coming out of the University.Read Bio
As a Licensing Intern at NC State’s Office of Research Commercialization, Madeline works closely with the Licensing Team to promote the commercialization of intellectual property coming out of the University. She is currently studying Business Administration at N.C. State’s Poole College of Management and has a minor in English.Read Bio
New Ventures Intern
As a new ventures intern, Zach works closely with the New Ventures team to develop and support programs to assist new university startups. Zach began his career as a research engineer in the Nuclear Space Power Division at NASA. Prior to joining ORC, he worked in various roles in startups and business consulting.Read Bio
As a Licensing Analyst at the NC State’s Office of Research Commercialization (ORC), Zahra works closely with the Licensing Team to assist in protecting and transferring intellectual property coming out of the university. Zahra graduated from NC State University with a Ph.D. of Fiber and Polymer Science and a minor degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2019.Read Bio