Lesley Millar-Nicholson has been the Director of the MIT Technology Licensing Office (TLO) since July 2016, and in September 2019 also assumed responsibility as Director of Catalysts in the newly formed MIT Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer (OSATT). As TLO Director, she leads a team managing the intellectual assets and technology transfer process for MIT’s inventions. The TLO team manages more than 800 new inventions a year from the MIT and Lincoln Lab campuses. The MIT portfolio includes more than 10,000 issued and pending US and foreign patents and more than 1,000 active licenses. The TLO is an integral part of the MIT innovation ecosystem, working closely with its many programs and centers established to harness the amazing innovations from MIT faculty, students, and staff.
As Director of Catalysts (OSATT Catalysts, not Deshpande Catalysts), Lesley will lead a team of 10 Catalysts (currently being hired) who will work closely with faculty on non-federal research funding opportunities. Working with colleagues in OSATT (Strategic Transactions Officers), the Catalysts will provide early insight into the proposed engagement to speed the process for drafting and negotiating the right sort of agreement. Prior to arriving in Cambridge, Lesley was Director of the Office of Technology Management (OTM) at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. Lesley is a past President of the Board of Governors of Certified Licensing Professionals Inc. (CLP Inc.), is on the Board of Directors of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), and on the Board of Cambridge Enterprise, UK. A native of Scotland, Lesley has a B.Ed., M.Ed, and MBA, and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).