Donald Taylor, PhD, MBA, CLP

Executive Director, Licensing
The Ohio State University

Candidate Biography

Donald P. Taylor, PhD, MBA, CLP serves as the Executive Director of Licensing for The Ohio State University where he is responsible for commercializing university technology to the marketplace. This involves strategic intellectual property assessment, filing, and conducting licensing deals with companies. Prior to Ohio State, Dr. Taylor served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Translation, Executive Director of sciVelo, and an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). He was responsible for the six Pitt Health Sciences schools (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental Medicine, Public Health, and Health & Rehabilitation) to commercialize university discoveries and inventions.

Prior to his academic commercialization career, Dr. Taylor spent more than 15 years in the biotechnology startup sector in roles such as: Founder, Co-founder, Board Chairman, CEO, and Vice President across six life sciences companies – all of which have been acquired by companies including Hospira and IBM. Dr. Taylor holds a B.S. in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Pitt, an MBA from Pitt, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Candidate Q&A

What experience do you have working on or with a strategic Board of Directors?

I've been a board chairperson for one life science company, served on the board of directors for two other life sciences companies, and served on the board for a non-profit hospital.

Please include a brief description of your volunteer experiences within AUTM.

I've not yet served as a volunteer with AUTM and look forward to serving AUTM in the board role.

Why do you want to join the AUTM Board of Directors?

My career has been transformed to serve technology commercialization for universities and I want to help AUTM continue to build and grow their reach and influence in this important field.

Have you served in a volunteer leadership role for other organizations? If so, please explain.

Yes, I volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh; for example, serving as the Associate Director of Entrepreneurship for the Center for Medical Innovation. I also volunteer to support the Women In Bio organization.

If elected by the Membership to the Board, would you consider serving as Chair? Please explain.

No, because I believe it's important for the Chair of the AUTM Board to have had experience serving on the AUTM Board (unless there is a specific desire for an outside perspective in the Chair position).

Please share personal strengths that you believe would be valuable to the AUTM Board and/or the strategic direction of the Association?

My strengths include: 1) strategic focus and prioritization, 2) integrity to make the right decisions for the mission of AUTM, 3) diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure all are welcome, and 4) innovation to help AUTM continue to prosper especially during these COVID times.

What special experience do you have in driving and implementing a strategic plan?

I have been part of the leadership team of six life sciences companies including serving functions such as Board Chair, CEO, President, and Vice President. Each of these companies required exquisite focus on strategic planning with specific goals, objectives, initiatives, and resource allocation. Vision, leadership, and driving a culture of engagement and inclusion are also important components of implementing a successful strategic plan - these are traits I've honed over the years.

How do terms of  the position (both responsibilities and time commitment) fit with your other responsibilities? Will you have any conflicts of commitment between your full-time position and your volunteer time on the AUTM Board?

I will make the necessary room to serve in this important role and The Ohio State University supports this commitment.

AUTM is committed to addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion both on the Board and on behalf of our Members. Briefly describe how your experiences can contribute to the Association’s growth in this area.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion have been critical aspects of my leadership in industry and academia. For example, the program I founded at Pitt (sciVelo) represents team member compositions that are greater than 50% female, 50% junior-level and early-career, and diverse race and ethnicity. It is of paramount importance to both ensure diversity as well as the equity and inclusion to put initiatives and perspectives into practice.

Is there anything else you would like AUTM Members to know about you before they vote?

Serving on the AUTM Board will be an incredible honor and with humbleness and compassion I will serve the AUTM mission to the best of my ability. My goal in serving on the AUTM Board is for AUTM to further grow and to prosper.