Oregon State University
Brian is OSU’s first Assistant Vice President for Research, Commercialization and Industry Partnerships. In this role he leads a strategic priority of OSU, the OSU Advantage, to connect business with faculty expertise, student talent and world-class facilities to research solutions, bring ideas to market and launch companies. He has held numerous roles in the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD) at OSU since 2001. Brian is passionate about finding creative, proactive means to connect OSU research with commercial partners. He created OSU’s first equity policy, negotiated OSU’s first equity license, built a team whose agreements have quadrupled license revenue in the past ten years and another team who have completed agreements generating tens of millions in research, while forming deep and strategic connections with industry. He currently chairs the OSU Venture Development Fund Advisory Council, working collaboratively with the OSU Foundation who have raised over $5M in gap funding, supporting 30+ projects inside and outside of OSU over the past five years.