A diverse staff with both University and industry experience comprises the Office of Commercialization and Economic Development (OCED), which is critical to our mission of promoting and supporting innovation and translation of University discoveries to products and services that impact the world.

Executive

Judith Cone Judith Cone
Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
Kennetha Smith Kennetha Smith
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor

Administration

Provides administrative support for the team.

Honey-Marie Braswell Honey-Marie Braswell
Administrative Assistant

Technology Commercialization

The Technology Commercialization staff manage portfolios of technologies and innovations developed by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff. This involves developing and fostering relationships, evaluating new discoveries and ideas, evaluating and protecting intellectual property, and marketing and licensing UNC-Chapel Hill technologies to industry and startup companies for their development into products and services.

A lead Commercialization Manager is assigned to each UNC-Chapel Hill school, department and institute as a primary point of contact. You will find the appropriate contact for your area in this table.

Trude Amick Trude Amick, PhD
Director, Technology Commercialization
Kelly Parsons Kelly Parsons, PhD
Associate Director, Technology Commercialization
Peter Liao Peter Liao, MBA
Commercialization Manager
Chance Rainwater Chance Rainwater, PhD
Senior Commercialization Manager
Champ Gupton Champ Gupton, PhD
Commercialization Manager
Charlie Shaw, PhD
Commercialization Manager
Carmen Melvin, JD
Licensing Manager
Jackie Quay Jackie Quay, JD
Director, Licensing & Innovation Support
Joyce W. Kamande, PhD
Commercialization Fellow
Trisha Dant, PhD
Licensing Fellow

Licensing & Innovation Support

The experienced staff provides support for licensing, intellectual property-related contracts, patent filings and prosecution, MTAs, CDAs and ensures compliance with University and government regulations.

Jackie Quay Jackie Quay, JD
Director, Licensing & Innovation Support
Jennifer Dean Jennifer Dean
Patent Manager
Kaye Carver Kaye Carver
Patent Assistant
Doris Perry Doris Perry
Inventions, Federal Reporting and Annuities
Ann Byassee Ann Byassee
License Compliance
Judith Whitford Judith Whitford
Patent and License Finances

Carolina Startup Services

KickStart Venture Services

The team has startup and investment experience and helps UNC faculty and staff interested in commercializing UNC technologies through startups.

Don Rose Don Rose, PhD
Director, KickStart Venture Services
Tim Martin Tim Martin
Assistant Director
Jason Doherty, PhD
Director, Startup Consulting Program

Market Landscape Research Services

Supported in part by funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, this team provides market landscape analysis services for startups.

Cindy Reifsnider
Research Analyst
Patrick Kastian
Research Analyst

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

These entrepreneurs serve as advisors to the UNC-Chapel Hill community, providing their expertise and connecting other entrepreneurs with support, management and investment.

Bryan McGann, JD
Entrepreneur In Residence
Kay Wagoner, PhD
Life Science Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Outreach & Technology Development

Working efficiently and integrating across the University are of critical importance for us to be effective in translating and commercializing UNC-Chapel Hill’s innovations and technologies. Consistent engagement with faculty and staff in combination with education and awareness regarding resources and support enhance the innovative and entrepreneurial capacities of our faculty and staff.

Michael Kline Michael Kline, PhD
Director, Outreach & Technology Development

Strategic Partnerships

Partnerships with industry, other academic and medical institutions, foundations, investors and regional and national agencies are fundamentally important for us to bring UNC innovations to market.

Bryant Moore Bryant Moore, PhD
Director, Strategic Partnerships