2020 Marketing Course Instructors

AUTM Annual Meeting

2020 Marketing Course Instructors

Alyssa Amen is the marketing and communications manager at NUtech Ventures, the technology commercialization affiliate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She oversees content marketing for new technology and faculty engagement, including public relations, multimedia production and media distribution. Alyssa previously led science communication efforts for a university research center, implementing content strategy for federally funded grants. She also worked in corporate communications for Fortune 500 transportation industries. Alyssa received a master’s degree in Integrated Media Communication from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is currently pursuing an MBA.

David Barda heads up business development and innovation at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney Australia. He is an entrepreneur, executive and advisor specialising in biomedical technology commercialisation and early stage ventures. David previously led medical technology commercialisation in Singapore for A*STAR, the national science and technology agency. Prior to this, he founded new ventures in areas such as 3D printing, neurostimulation and Incontinence management. David has an Honours degree in Computer Science from UNSW and a Masters of Intellectual Property Law from Monash University. He is an inventor on 24 granted patents. His interest areas include precision medicine, AI, genomics, bioinformatics, brain-computer interface, bioelectronic medicine, medical imaging and wearable sensors.

Su Jun Lim is a Manager on the Technology Commercialization Team at the University of Chicago. She works with faculty to develop intellectual property (IP) strategies and commercialization plans, as well as negotiating agreements between the University and commercial partners. She is committed to assisting University researchers with advancing cutting-edge innovations into commercializable products in the marketplace. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Su Jun managed biomedical IP portfolios, at both Michigan State University and the University of Hawaii. Additionally, during her time at the University of Arizona, she was the Business Intelligence Manager at Tech Launch Arizona, where she managed the due diligence process and led the Business Intelligence Unit to produce commercialization assessment reports. Su Jun holds a PhD in genetics from the University of Rochester Medical Center, and conducted her postdoctoral research work in genomics and epigenetics at the National Institutes of Health. 

Chad Riggs began marketing for the Office of Technology Licensing at St. Jude in March 2013. He received his MBA from the University of Tennessee (2006), and founded Mill Creek Holdings, a technology transfer and new technologies consulting firm with clients that include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Voices Heard Media, Elixir Media Group, 360ip; and VC firms (Innovation Valley Partners, Battelle Ventures, SoHoVista, Aldis, & Academy Funds). He obtained his degree in Engineering Design from East Tennessee State University and was previously employed in 3D design.

As Marketing and Communications Manager, Paul Tumarkin develops and executes TLA’s marketing strategies, managing the organization’s web and social media presences, and working with TLA leadership to help the organization extend its reach both into the UA community, as well as out to the greater business community. Prior to joining TLA, he spent three years with University Relations Marketing at the UA. He made the jump from academia to business in the mid-1990s, gaining experience developing communications and branding solutions for corporations, nonprofits and agencies alike. He also spent a number of years freelancing, primarily for clients in the education technology sector. Paul received his MA in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Irvine.

Annual Meeting Sponsors

Elanco Animal Health
Osage University Partners
Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP
Burford Capital
Parker Highlander PLLC
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Ventech Solutions Inc.
Pfizer Inc
Marshall Gerstein
Michael Best & Friedrich
Polsinelli PC
CSL Behring
Bereskin & Parr LLP
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Eli Lilly and Company
BCC Research
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Blank Rome LLP
Aird & McBurney LP
Baker Donelson
Casimir Jones, SC
Royalty Pharma
Smith, Gambrell & Russell
Pabst Patent Group LLP
CrossPond Law
University of New Hampshire
Quarles & Brady LLP
Hodgson Russ LLP
TreMonti Consulting LLC
Licensing Executives Society