Tech Advancement

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Sam Bish

Sam Bish, PhD
Interim Director, Technology Advancement Office and Senior Licensing & Business Development Associate, Life Sciences & Agriculture
Central Office, Mizzou North, Room 706 (or 440B Bond Life Sciences Center)

Sam Bish has more than a decade of experience in technology advancement working at the interface of science, business and patent law.

Sam manages the patenting, marketing and licensing activities for early-stage innovations from MU faculty and staff. He works with his team to position these assets for entrepreneurs, investors and companies to further develop and commercialize them into products that foster business growth and economic development.

Sam came to Mizzou after learning about this specialized field within the government sector. After a yearlong fellowship in the Technology Transfer Center at the National Cancer Institute, he served as a senior licensing and patenting manager in the Office of Technology Transfer at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Md.

Sam is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers and has written guest columns for

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



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Wayne McDaniel

Wayne McDaniel, PhD
Associate Director & Engineering Lead
223 Engineering Building North

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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Brett Maland

Brett Maland, MBA, JD
Senior Licensing & Business Development Associate
204 Engineering Building North

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.



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Brian Buntaine

Brian Buntaine, MS, MBA
Senior Licensing & Business Development Associate
NW503 Health Sciences Center

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 & Business Development Associate
NW504 Health Science Center

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.



Last Updated: May 13, 2019