Tech transfer expert joins PNNL
John McEntire to lead information technology commercialization
December 31, 2008
RICHLAND, Wash. –
Technology transfer expert John McEntire has joined the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as manager of information technology commercialization.
McEntire comes to PNNL with 18 years international licensing experience. Most recently, he spent 12 years at the University of Illinois technology management office, where he served as copyright, software and trademark officer and senior technology manager for the university’s software licensing group. He managed a portfolio of 275 active licenses, generating over $10 million and shepherded dozens of technologies through the patent process.
“John is known for his success in bringing information technologies to market in areas where PNNL researchers are making important developments,” said Cheryl Cejka, director of the laboratory’s technology commercialization office. “These include data discovery, information visualization, e-learning, manufacturing and industrial processes, sensors, security, lasers and decision support systems.”
McEntire holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University. He is active in the Association of University Technology Managers and in the Licensing Executive Society. He is a Certified Licensing Professional and frequent speaker.
McEntire previously directed the Pacific Rim division of a computer software and hardware distributor. He also worked in Tokyo, Japan, as a partner in a firm that marketed and licensed United States businesses and intellectual property in Asia.
As part of its mission to serve national needs for science and technology, PNNL has licensed more than 200 laboratory-developed technologies. At least 130 businesses trace their beginnings to technology or leadership originating at the laboratory. Organizations also partner with PNNL through contracted research, licensing agreements, technology assistance and cooperative research and development agreements.
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