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Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures
North Carolina State University
Poulton Innovation Center, 2nd Floor
1021 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
Campus Box 8210
Raleigh, NC 27695-8210
Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures, North Carolina State University,
1021 Main Campus Drive, 2nd Floor, Raleigh, NC 27606
Who do I contact?
Kelly Sexton, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Technology Commercialization and New Ventures
Dr. Kelly B. Sexton is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Technology Commercialization and New Ventures at North Carolina State University, where she oversees technology scouting and development, licensing, and new ventures. Under Dr. Sexton’s leadership, OTCNV has doubled the number of licenses executed and startup companies launched per year. In addition, her office administers the $5 M Chancellor’s Innovation Fund, which supports technology development to strengthen the commercial potential of university discoveries.
Dr. Sexton holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Molecular Pathology from the University of California, San Diego where she was supported by a fellowship from the California Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Dr. Sexton completed her postdoctoral studies at Stanford University where she was awarded a fellowship from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Dr. Sexton has served as an Executive in Residence in NC State’s HiTEC startup creation program, and is on the steering committee for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network of RTP. She is the Chair of the Licensing Executives Society RTP Chapter, and is the head of the steering committee for the Wolfpack Investor Network (WIN).
Kultaran Chohan, Ph.D., LL.M., CLP, Director of Licensing
As Director of Licensing, Kultaran leads OTCNV’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. Kultaran personally manages a portfolio of technologies in the areas of biotechnology, ag-biotech, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, human and animal health, research tools, food industry, and bio-manufacturing. He also serves as a reviewer/panelist with the Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grant programs at the National Science Foundation.
Kultaran earned a Ph.D. in Genetics from NC State University, a MS in biology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He is a member of the New York Bar Association and is licensed as an attorney in New York. He is a Certified Licensing Professional and joined OTCNV in 2011.
Wade Fulghum, MBA, Associate Director, New Ventures
As Associate Director for New Ventures Wade leads the efforts to launch and support startup companies from NC State that are based on University research. During the last three years Wade has been responsible for the support of over 36 startup companies and has launched initiatives including the PackStart Program, the Venture Innovation Partner (VIP) Network, the Executive In Residence (XIR) program, and partnership with the CED Venture Mentor program. Wade serves on the North Carolina Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) Advisory Board, the NC State Alumni Entrepreneurs Network Board, the Innovate Raleigh Task Force, is the Co-founder and serves on the steering committee of the Wolfpack Investor Network (WIN). Wade brings eight years of experience advising companies and has served as a Technology Commercialization & Development Counselor for the North Carolina Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC), the Assistant Director for the Economic Development Partnership for NC State University, and as a business advisor for the Economic Development Administration’s University Center for NC State.
Wade has experience as a small business owner, as a startup consultant and in commercial finance and insurance with a Fortune 100 company. Wade received his Bachelors of Finance from the University of Florida as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University focusing on Organizational Change Management and is a veteran of the US Army.
Amanda Ottaway, MLIS, RTTP, Assistant Director of Finance and Operations
Amanda Ottaway first joined NC State’s Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures five years ago. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of Finance and Operations, performing a variety of duties. These include managing the internal database used in OTCNV, managing federal reporting obligations under Bayh-Dole, writing and adapting office SOPs, and being the primary point of contact for the invention disclosure submission process.
Amanda holds a Masters in Information and Library Science from San Jose State University and is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional.
Brian Eller, J.D., Senior Licensing Associate
As a Senior Licensing Associate, Brian Eller is lead case manager for innovations from the College of Textiles, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Nonwovens Institute and the College of Natural Resources. Prior to joining NC State Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures in 2011, Brian worked as a technology transfer intern at University of California, Davis and as an extern at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where he assisted with examination of patent applications in the field of semiconductors, electrical and optical systems/components. During law school, Brian spent a summer as a judicial extern for a Senior Judge with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
Brian earned a B.S. in Materials Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a J.D. from University of California, Davis School of Law. During law school, he earned a Witkin Award for Academic Excellence for a course on Innovation and Technology Transfer. Brian is a member of the State Bar of California and is licensed as an attorney in California. He is also a member of AUTM.
Ashley Stallings, J.D., Licensing Associate
As a Licensing Associate in the Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures at NC State, Ashley manages the technology evaluation and commercialization of plant varieties and tangible research materials from the departments of Horticultural Science and Crop and Soil Sciences. Ashley has a strong intellectual property background and technical expertise in plant breeding and chemistry. Prior to joining the OTCNV licensing team in 2014, she worked as an intern in the office for over a year.
Ashley earned a B.S. in Chemistry at Appalachian State University and a J.D. from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. While in law school, Ashley completed additional internships with SAS Institute, Inc. and the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office. Ashley was also a senior research assistant in the area of education law. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar Association and is licensed as an attorney in North Carolina. Ashley is a member of AUTM.
Garth Mashmann, J.D., Senior Licensing Associate
As a Senior Licensing Associate, Garth serves as lead case manager of commercialization efforts for innovations from the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and Forestry & Environmental Resources. Garth also manages the commercialization of copyrights (non-software), designs and research related trademarks across the university. Prior to joining NC State Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures in 2014, Garth worked in technology transfer offices at The Ohio State University and Syracuse University. In the past, he has also worked as an Associate at an intellectual property law firm preparing patent, copyright and trademark applications. As a law student, Garth served as a Senior Research Associate at the New York State Science and Technology Law Center.
Garth earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and a J.D. from Syracuse University with a certificate from the Technology Commercialization Law program. While in Law school, he served as a Lead Articles Editor for the Syracuse Science and Technology Law Reporter (now Syracuse Journal of Science and Technology Law) and as President of the Intellectual Property Law Society. He is also a member of AUTM.
Jason Lamb, J.D., L.L.M., Licensing Associate
As a 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 business development, copyright, patent law, e-commerce, contract drafting, internet law, software due diligence, and early stage venture formation, funding, and governance. Prior to joining the NC State Office of OTCNV as a Licensing Associate in 2015, Jason worked with OTCNV for nearly a year and a half as an Intern and then as a Licensing Analyst.
Jason earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Drexel University in 2001, after which he gained nearly 10 years of industry experience in IT, software programming, and application development. He then earned his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2013, where he was named a Temple Law and Public Policy Scholar for his work in telecommunications law and policy. In 2014 he earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Law and Entrepreneurship from Duke University School of Law. Jason is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and licensed as an attorney in Pennsylvania. He is also a registered patent attorney licensed to practice patent law before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Catherine Sutton, Ph.D., Licensing Associate and CIF Program Manager
Dr. Catherine Sutton holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Southampton, an M.Res. in Regenerative Medicine from the University of Bath and a Ph.D. in Pathology and Microbiology from the University of Bristol. Following her PhD she was employed as a business development manager at The Electrospinning Company, a startup company developing cell culture scaffolds utilizing the world-class electrospinning platform at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK. Subsequently she further refined her sales and business development skills working for Cambridge Bioscience Ltd, a distributor of novel life science research tools.
Catherine joined the OTCNV in 2014 as a Licensing Analyst to support the Life Sciences team. In her current role at OTCNV as a Licensing Associate, Catherine is the case manager for innovations developed in the College of Veterinary Medicine and is responsible for the commercialization of non-plant Tangible Research Materials. Catherine is also the Program Manager for the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund.
Jabeen Ahmad, J.D., M. Physiology, Licensing Analyst
Jabeen Ahmad is a Licensing Analyst with the Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures at North Carolina State University. Prior to joining OTCNV, Jabeen was a trial attorney in Massachusetts and worked with OTCNV for nearly a year as an intern. Jabeen holds a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and a Master’s in Physiology and a Graduate Certificate in Molecular Biotechnology from North Carolina State University.
Jabeen is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina. She is also an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). Jabeen uses her background in intellectual property law and the life sciences to analyze technologies, assess intellectual property rights and commercialize inventions.
Stephanie Ryding, MEng, Ph.D., Licensing Analyst
Stephanie utilizes her expertise in materials science and engineering to assist in the analysis of technologies from the physical sciences portfolio. Stephanie has earned an MEng and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK. During the course of her Ph.D, she collaborated with industrial partners and carried out experiments at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, a center of excellence for fundamental and innovation-driven research in condensed and living matter science. She also has industrial work experience working in research and development for Huntsman Polyurethane. Prior to joining OTCNV she worked for ORIED and the Analytical Instrument Facility at NC State.
Warren “Gerry” Sasser, Senior Agreements Manager
Gerry received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Memphis State University as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Campbell University. Prior to joining the OTCNV, Gerry worked as Director of Research Programs Services for the College of Textiles.
As the Senior Agreements Manager, he manages and negotiates all miscellaneous agreements for the office including Material Transfer Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, Interinstitutional Agreements and Collaborative Research Agreements.
Finance and Operations
Roberta Terry, Senior Financial Manager
Roberta received her BA of Business Management from Warner Southern College. She has over 15 years experience in finance and compliance. Prior to joining the OTCNV, Roberta worked as a Fiscal Manager in the Contracts and Grants unit of NC State University where she handled State and Federal Contracts and Grants. As the Senior Financial Manager, her current duties include royalty distribution as well as financial reporting compliance.
Melicia Ryles, Financial Manager
Melicia received her AAS in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting from Hardbarger Junior College of Business. She brings over 15 years of extensive experience in finance and collections to the OTCNV. Prior to joining NC State University, Melicia was employed with Cigna HealthCare as the Delinquency Coordinator where she developed and implemented strategic collection procedures for the Research Triangle area. As the Financial Manager for the OTCNV, her current duties include managing accounts receivable and collections within the University’s established policies.
Jodi Falk, Patent Administrator, CP
Jodi received her BS in Criminal Justice from Mount Scenario College, Wisconsin, and earned her Paralegal Certificate from North Carolina State University. Prior to joining the OTCNV, Jodi worked in several investigative areas for over 15 years, followed by over 8 years in law firms, primarily in intellectual property and litigation. As the OTCNV’s Patent Administrator, she manages patent correspondence, works with inventors to complete patent documents, and tracks various aspects of the patent process using the KSS system.
Nicholas LeBlanc, Ph.D., Agreements & Data Integrity Specialist
Nicholas received his Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics from UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the OTCNV Nicholas served as Registrar in the Department of Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has experience in database management and development in educational, non-profit, and commercial settings. Nicholas performs a number of quality control functions in the OTCNV’s Knowledge Sharing Database System (KSS). He assists with the processing of invention disclosures, agreements, and patent documentation to ensure the overall consistency and accuracy of KSS data.
Amy Parker, New Ventures Program Coordinator
Amy earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University. As the New Ventures Program Coordinator, Amy provides assistance to startup companies launched from NC State based on university intellectual property. Amy works to support startups by managing the branding process for the company including the logo creation process and building the company website. Amy also assists in coordinating the events and meetings with strategic partners including the Council for Economic Development (CED), Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) and planning and scheduling meetings and appointments including the Executive-in-Residence (XIR) program. Finally, Amy assists in grant writing opportunities and special projects to move the New Ventures group forward.
1021 Main Campus Drive,
Poulton Innovation Center, Second Floor, NC State Centennial Campus
Raleigh NC 27606
From I-40 coming east:
Take Gorman Street exit. Turn left onto Gorman. Turn right at second light onto Avent Ferry Road. Turn right at second light onto Varsity Drive.
From I-40 coming west:
Take Lake Wheeler Road Exit; turn right onto Lake Wheeler. Turn left at first light onto Centennial Parkway; follow to end. Turn left on Avent Ferry Rd. Turn left at first light onto Varsity Drive.
Inside the Raleigh Beltline:
Take Western Boulevard to Avent Ferry Road. Turn south (downhill). Turn left at the second light onto Varsity Drive.
Stop at Centennial Campus’ Visitor Information Center on Varsity Drive for parking information and directions to visitor parking areas. Once you travel past the Visitor Information Center, take a right at the four-way stop sign. The Poulton Innovation Center is located on the left across the street from the Monteith Research Center and the College of Textiles. The Office is on the second floor.
Effective July 1, 2015, parking permits will no longer be sold at the Information Booth on Varsity Drive. Parking options for guests are the pay lot at Partners Way (credit card in and out), and the pay-by-space locations on the top level of the Poulton Parking Deck and in the Capability Drive lot ($2 per hour). For more information about Visitor Parking, please visit NC State Transportation.