The mission of the Office of Technology Transfer and Licensing (OTTL) is to assist faculty and student in moving innovative ideas from the university into the marketplace for the benefit of society.
The Boston College Office for Technology Transfer and Licensing will achieve its mission by:
- Protecting the intellectual property discovered and created by members of the BC community;
- Supporting faculties and students to commercialize their inventions;
- Promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry collaborations.
Jason Wen, Ph.D., MBA, CLP, RTTP
Director, Office of Technology Transfer and Licensing
Jason joined the Office of Technology Transfer and Licensing (OTTL) at Boston College in December 2012. He previously served as Assistant Director in the Office of Technology Transfer at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York and was an Assistant Professor in Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Wen has more than ten years of biomedical science research experience. He also has a broad background combining experience in the life sciences, business, and patent law.
Dr. Wen is a long time member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES). He was among the first to earn a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) credential, and now serves as a current CLP Exam Development Committee member and AUTM International Professional Development Committee member. He is also a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP). Dr. Wen served as a Venture Forum Business Plan judge and a speaker at the 2013 AUTM Annual meeting.
As a United States Patent and Trademark Office Registered Patent Agent, Dr. Wen has extensive experience in patent application and prosecution. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Nankai University in China, an MBA from the University of Richmond, and completed one year of law school studies.
Jill Edgar, Ph.D.
Senior Licensing Associate
Jill joined OTTL in June 2014. Her interest in the commercialization of technology, stemmed from her prior experience as an inventor, when part of her Ph.D. research in the area of the treatment of renal disease was patented and optioned. Jill previously served as a licensing associate at Tufts University. She has substantial scientific expertise and intellectual property law experience. Jill is a Registered U.S. Patent Agent and worked for over three years at a national law firm. She conducted patentability assessments of inventions and prepared and prosecuted U.S. and international patent applications in the biotechnology field for many corporate and academic clients. She has a broad range of interests within the field of biotechnology, including biomaterials, polymer science, and drug delivery.
Jill received an undergraduate degree in biology and a Ph.D. in biomedical science from Brown University. She conducted post-doctoral research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Jill is a current member of AUTM and the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA).
Mo-Ying Hsieh, Ph.D.
Mo-Ying joined OTTL in 2013, and she manages licensing cases related to life science inventions. Prior to joining OTTL, Mo-Ying earned her Ph.D. degree from Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. She received her postdoctoral training at Tufts Medical Center, where she conducted several preclinical trials to study leukemogenesis mediated by BCR-ABL1 through retroviral bone marrow transplanatation mouse model.
Fiscal & Adminstrative Assistant
Mackenzie joined the Office of Technology Transfer and Licensing at Boston College in September of 2016. As the Fiscal and Administrative Assistant, she is responsible for the operation of the general functions of the team. Before coming to Boston College, she worked in contract management at a Broker-Dealer in Waltham. Mackenzie received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Westfield State University in 2014. In her spare time, Mackenzie likes to spend time with family and friends. She also enjoys reading, yoga, and learning new things!
OTTL Interns and Volunteers
Linda Ma, Ph.D., Duke University