Cheryl Cejka leads Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) intellectual property management, portfolio development and investment, and technology commercialization activities. She is also responsible for economic development, technology policy, and Northwest external affairs. As director, Cheryl has dramatically increased the Laboratory's annual returns from intellectual assets. Under her watch, licensing revenues and net royalty returns have grown substantially with her efforts to revitalize the commercialization program. She has held a broad range of business management and technology development positions with PNNL, contributing significantly to many Battelle proposals, including leading the Economic Development and Technology Transfer component of Battelle's successful $5B bid to operate Oak Ridge National Laboratory for DOE.
As director, Cheryl has dramatically increased PNNL’s annual returns from intellectual property and discretionary funds for re-investment into the Laboratory. Returns to Battelle from private investments in PNNL technology transfer activities have also increased substantially. PNNL is recognized as a leader in commercialization "best practices" across the DOE and federal lab system with Cheryl having led many significant technology licensing arrangements and business ventures. She was named Outstanding Laboratory Representative of the Year twice (2004, 2010) by the Federal Laboratory Consortium.
Cejka is an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Licensing Executives Society, the preeminent international organization for licensing professionals. She serves on the Washington Economic Development Commission steering committee for technology commercialization, the Battelle Commercialization Council, the national advisory board for Washington State University’s Business School (Entrepreneurial Studies), and the commercialization advisory council for the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute. She leads the Industrial Research Institute's Committee on Managing Technology Transfer and is an active contributor to the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds. Cheryl was the first elected leader of the National Technology Transfer Working Group's executive board, composed of appointed technology transfer leaders across the DOE national lab system. She was elected to the executive board of the Federal Laboratory Consortium, a nationwide network of more than 700 federal laboratories that provides a forum for developing strategies and leveraging opportunities to link laboratory innovations with the market, and has chaired the Industry-University-Government Interface sector, of the Licensing Executives Society.
Cejka received a bachelor's degree in business and marketing and a MBA in finance, both from the University of Washington. She is an active member of the Licensing Executives Society, the Industrial Research Institute, and the Association of University Technology Managers, and is a Fellow in the National Contracts Management Association. Outside of her professional activities, Cejka is an Executive Volunteer with the Mid-Columbia Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.