Chief Technology Transfer Officer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Elsie is a recognized expert in developing new, effective models for moving technologies from the lab to the marketplace, where they can benefit the public. Her expertise aligns with the department’s goal to grow researcher, industry, and entrepreneurial engagement at Berkeley Lab with the goal of transitioning the technologies to the marketplace.
Elsie’s education and experience in scientific research, intellectual property management, technology commercialization, and startups make her uniquely qualified to innovate the field of technology transfer. Her insights into the goals and concerns of all stakeholders – from research scientists and patent attorneys to industry representatives and entrepreneurs – have enabled her to build symbiotic relationships and find synergies among these diverse groups. Previously, she was a molecular biologist and biochemist at Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories. Her interest in managing scientists’ intellectual property led her to pass the U.S. Patent Bar exam and become a patent agent at Argonne.
Elsie then moved on to manage IP development, commercialization and marketing for Argonne’s Office of Technology Transfer. After successfully innovating IP review, licensing strategies, and private sector partnerships at Argonne, she joined McMaster University in Canada as Executive Director of the Industry Liaison Office. At McMaster, Elsie developed and implemented a strategic plan to manage university IP and identify industry partners and licensees for lab technologies. She built relationships with local business communities and encouraged a culture of commercialization within the university.
She created PreInc, a pre-incubation space that supports McMaster researchers starting new companies. She also led the C4 Network, a collaborative initiative with ten Ontario universities and research institutions, fostering innovation and commercialization.
- B.S., Biology, Queen’s University Belfast
- M.B.A., North Central College
- Ph.D., Agricultural Biochemistry, Queen’s University Belfast
- Patent Agent with U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office