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Tech transfer expert joins PNNL

John McEntire to lead information technology commercialization

December 31, 2008 Share This!

  • John McEntire of the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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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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Interdisciplinary teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory address many of America's most pressing issues in energy, the environment and national security through advances in basic and applied science. Founded in 1965, PNNL employs 4,300 staff and has an annual budget of about $950 million. It is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. As the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information on PNNL, visit the PNNL News Center, or follow PNNL on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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