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Lita Nelsen recently retired from her position as Director of the Technology Licensing Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she had been since 1986. This office managed over 750 new inventions per year, negotiated over 100 licenses, and started up 20-25 new companies per year. She now works as a consultant, lecturer, and a pro bono advisor to a number of non-profit organizations.
Ms. Nelsen earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. and an M.S. in Management from M.I.T. as a Sloan Fellow. Prior to joining the M.I.T. Technology Licensing Office, Ms. Nelsen spent 20 years in industry, primarily in the fields of membrane separations, medical devices, and biotechnology.
Ms. Nelsen was the 1992 President of the Association of University Technology Managers. She was a founding board member of the Center for Management of Intellectual Property in Health Research. She was also on the board of Mass Ventures (MTDC) for 20 years, and is currently on the scientific advisory board of Partners’ Investment Fund and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
Ms. Nelsen is widely published in the field of technology transfer and university/industry. She has lectured in and advised universities in at least 20 countries, including several developing-world countries. The UK Government awarded her the honor of “Member of the Order of the British Empire” (MBE) for her work with technology transfer institutions throughout the UK, including the co-founding of Praxis, a non-profit company for training UK technology transfer professionals (now Praxis-Unico).