April Innovation Seminar

Apr 5, 2016 (All day)
Deadline: 
Location: 
FABE 200
Elizabeth Drotleff, PhD, MBA, Associate Director, OSU Industry Liaison
Office will speak on the topic of OSU's New Industry Collaboration
Model and an overview of the DiscoveryThemes.
 
Elizabeth is the industry liaison director for the Discovery Themes and
works closely with the Program Managers and Faculty Leads to identify
and establish industry relationships in each of the Discovery Theme
focus areas. She evaluates potential partnerships, expands industry
access to university assets, and builds multidisciplinary collaborations
across campus. Elizabeth views her customers as the faculty, staff, and administration of the
university who are engaged or want to become engaged with companies across the industry university
relationship continuum from student internships and recruitment to research support
and industry sponsorship to strategic, long-term partnerships. Companies are also her
customers as she seeks to match osu capabilities with companies' needs.
 
She is also OSU's point person for several companies engaged in long-term multi-faceted
relationships with the university. In both roles, she evaluates potential partnerships, expands
industry access to university assets, and builds multidisciplinary collaborations across campus.
 
Prior to joining the Industry Liaison Office in November2015, Elizabeth was a Senior licensing
Managerin OSU's Technology Commercialization Office for four years where she managed a
portfolio of overlSO technologies spanning medicine to materials. Before j oiningthe OSU
community, she was a competitive intelligence analyst for CAS {Chemical Abstracts Service),
examining the competitive landscape of the scientif ic information industry and identifying
threats to the company's bottom line.
 
After earning her PhD in organic chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz,
Elizabeth worked as a research scientist at Battelle in the Advanced Materials Applications
group. She researched chemicals derived from soybeans as industrial feedstocks, resulting in
several patent applications. One patented technology, a biodegradable soy toner, was awarded
the 2008 ACS Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. A side project, synthesizing novel
chromophores for use in optical devices, was spun-out of Batte lie as Optimer Photonics.
Elizabeth served as the start-up's senior organic chemistry for four years and then became the
company's senior marketing specialist. During this time, Elizabeth earned herMBA from the
Fisher College of Business.