USC Appoints New Executive Director for USC Stevens Center for Innovation

  USC Appoints New Executive Director for USC Stevens Center for Innovation

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2013

LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USC Stevens Center
for Innovation, a university-wide resource that helps USC innovators make
impact with their ideas, today announced the appointment of Jennifer Dyer as
Executive Director.

At USC, Dyer will focus on increasing the breadth and scope of private sector
engagements that lead to the adoption and use of university-generated
inventions, software and other innovations. She will also help in recruiting
transformative faculty to the university by ensuring that USC supports their
translational research, intellectual property management, patenting,
licensing, mentoring and translational funding, as well as assistance with
spinning out university technologies. Particular areas of focus will include
customer services for faculty and industry partners, building strategic
sponsored research relationships with private companies, increasing technology
disclosures and deal executions. Dyer will begin in her new position on March
25, 2013.

Dyer joins USC from Life Technologies Corporation, where she served as a
Corporate Development Consultant, leading the development of negotiation
strategy and negotiating key licensing deals. Dyer has 20 years of experience
in technology transfer, including serving as Director of Technology
Development at The Scripps Research Institute. At Scripps, Dyer contributed to
growth in both licensing activity and corporate sponsored research, including
major funding relationships with Novartis, Johnson & Johnson and PPG. Her
experience at Scripps includes supervising 800 licensing negotiations for
equity, royalties and other financial terms, formation of 30 start-up
companies and over 300 research funding agreements.

"I am very excited to have Jennifer Dyer joining USC Stevens as its new
Executive Director," states Randolph Hall, Vice President of Research at USC.
"Jennifer is a proven leader and brings a wealth of experience in technology
translation that we know will result in USC research making a greater impact
on society and the market."

USC Stevens is supported by an endowment provided by Mark and Mary Stevens,
which enables the university to provide services that go beyond the typical
technology transfer office. The university remains committed to ensuring that
USC Stevens is a leader in empowering USC faculty and students to maximize the
impact of their research and scholarship by creating successful relationships
with investors, corporations and other private entities, as well as initiating
start-up companies.

About the USC Stevens Center for Innovation
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation ( is a
university-wide resource in the Office of the Provost at the University of
Southern California that helps identify, nurture, protect and transfer to the
market the most exciting innovations from USC. It also provides a central
connection for industry seeking cutting-edge innovations in which to invest.
As part of this role, the USC Stevens Center manages the university's
intellectual property portfolio stemming from its approximately $650 million
annual research program. Furthermore, the USC Stevens Center develops the
innovator as well as innovations, through educational programs,
community-building events and showcase opportunities.

Media Contact:
Ian Murphy
p. (310) 689-6397

SOURCE USC Stevens Institute for Innovation

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