Tech Transfer

Our Staff Bios

 

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Chris Fender

Chris Fender, MS
Director, OTMIR
Central Office, 124 MU Life Science Business Incubator
573-884-8296
FenderC@missouri.edu

Chris has worked in the technology-transfer profession since 2002. He became director of MU’s program in 2009 and currently oversees the work of 16 staff members and seven student assistants. A member of the Association of University Technology Managers, the Licensing Executives Society and the International Technology Transfer Network, Fender is a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences.

Previously, Fender conducted plant-breeding research at Monsanto and Asgrow Seed Co. and worked as an agronomic consultant for Servi-Tech Inc. Fender earned a bachelor’s degree in plant sciences and a master’s degree in agronomy from MU. He is a co-inventor of a patented method used to compare genotypes in soybean tissue samples.

 

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES

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Wayne McDaniel

Wayne McDaniel, PhD
Associate Director of OTMIR and Engineering Lead
223 Engineering Building North
573-884-3302
McDanielWC@missouri.edu

Since Wayne McDaniel entered the technology transfer field in 2001, he has negotiated licenses for many engineering technologies and has helped faculty startups become successful businesses. He also teaches courses as an adjunct engineering professor at MU.

Wayne performed research in cardiac electrical stimulation for more than 30 years and studied Tasers and other Electronic Control Devices before they were released to the public. He was an investigator on more than $1 million in research funding and is an inventor on two U.S. patents. Wayne earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree and doctorate in electrical engineering with a biomedical focus — all from Mizzou.

 

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K. Brian Matlock

K. Brian Matlock, MBA, LLM, JD
Licensing Associate
222 Engineering Building North
573-882-8963
MatlockK@missouri.edu

K. Brian Matlock came to OTMIR in 2017 with a wealth of experience as an intellectual property transactions attorney specializing in engineering, material and physical sciences, software and computer science technologies.

Brian worked as a patent attorney for several law firms in California and was corporate director for licensing and intellectual property at Sanmina-Sci. He also directed business development for Astracon in Colorado. Brian received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from MU, an MBA and a master of laws degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a law degree from the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, Calif.

 

SOFTWARE & COPYRIGHT

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Brett Maland

Brett Maland, MBA, JD
Sr. Licensing & Business Development Associate
204 Engineering Building North
573-882-1046
MalandB@missouri.edu

Brett Maland has handled engineering, software and copyright disclosures since joining OTMIR in 2010.

Previously, Brett was an assistant attorney general at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. Before that, he worked for the Halliburton Co. in a management program for engineers. Brett began his career as a chemical engineer for Jacobs Engineering, where he worked with Intel, Motorola, Eli Lilly and other clients.

Brett is a registered patent attorney. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona, an MBA from Arizona State University and his a law degree from MU.

 

HEALTH SCIENCES

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Brian Buntaine

Brian Buntaine, MBA, MS
Sr. Licensing & Business Development Associate
NW503 Health Sciences Center
573-882-0470
BuntaineB@missouri.edu

Before joining OTMIR in 2016, BRIAN BUNTAINE worked for more than 15 years in the life sciences industry. He began his career as a lab manager at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2003, Brian joined Sigma-Aldrich where he worked as a research and development scientist. After six years, he joined Sigma's New Ventures team and focused on leveraging technology to create opportunities for the company in new markets. When he left the St. Louis-based business, now a subsidiary of German company Merck KGaA, Brian was a senior manager of licensing and business development in genomics, proteomics, food safety and clinical diagnostics.

Brian earned a bachelor's degree in biology and an MBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from Washington University.

 

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Charles Hanford

Charles Hanford, JD
Licensing Assistant
NW504 Health Science Center
573-882-0477
HanfordC@missouri.edu

Charles Hanford has worked in technology transfer at MU for five years and is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers.

Before working with health sciences inventors in his OTMIR role, Charles was a quality control chemist for Whisk Products Inc., a soap manufacturing company in Wentzville, Mo. His responsibilities included troubleshooting production issues and running gas and liquid chromatography and titrations to ensure the active ingredients in Whisk soaps were within safe ranges.

Charles is licensed to practice law in Missouri and in front of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and his law degree from Mizzou.

 

LIFE SCIENCES & AGRICULTURE

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Sam Bish

Sam Bish, PhD
Sr. Licensing & Business Development Associate
440B Bond LIfe Sciences Center
573-882-5016
BishS@missouri.edu 

Sam Bish has more than nine years of technology transfer experience. Before joining OTMIR, Bish was a senior licensing and patenting manager in the cancer branch of the Office of Technology Transfer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland. Before working for NIH, Sam was a technology transfer specialist in the Technology Transfer Center of the National Cancer Institute, also in Maryland. He is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers and has been a guest columnist for Bio Careers, a professional service for life scientists with doctorates or medical degrees.

Sam earned his bachelor's degree in microbiology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and his doctorate in cell biology and molecular genetics from the University of Maryland in College Park.

 

PROGRAMS & SERVICES

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Harriet Francis

Harriet F. Francis, MS, JD
Sr. Contracting Officer
Central Office, 124 MU Life Science Business Incubator
573-884-0374
FrancisH@missouri.edu

Harriet Francis is responsible for drafting and processing nondisclosure and material-transfer agreements for the Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development. Her work enables university researchers to share materials and confidential information with outside collaborators.

Previously, Hattie worked at Van Matre, Harrison and Volkert P.C., specializing in business and environmental law, and was a partner at Abbott, Schappe & Francis LLC. She conducted research focused on farm animal reproduction at Mizzou for seven years before becoming an attorney. Francis earned a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences, a master’s degree in reproductive physiology and a law degree — all from MU.

 

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Amos Y. Angelovici

Amos Y. Angelovici, MSc
Entrepreneur in Residence
Central Office, 124 MU LIfe Science Business Incubator
573-882-3705
AngeloviciA@missouri.edu

Amos Angelovici is an entrepreneur and executive with more than 17 years of managerial experience at large and small companies. In his current position, Amos identifies MU-based startups with high-growth potential. He connects them with resources, helps them develop business strategies and mentors inexperienced entrepreneurs. He also evaluates companies seeking university funding.

Amos has worked with over 25 companies as a founder, board member or consultant in finance, media, mobile, IT, health care and clean tech. In 2009, he established Amoraz Ltd., a management company that invests in and provides consulting services for technology-based startups. Amos earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in operational management from Tel Aviv University.

 

Last Updated: April 17, 2017