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Lisa Lorenzen

Lisa Lorenzen, PhD
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Technology Advancement
310 Jesse Hall

Lisa Lorenzen leads university efforts to leverage the commercial potential of faculty research innovations. She oversees the assessment of MU inventions for marketability; the process for securing intellectual property protection, such as patents and copyrights; and the negotiation and execution of license agreements that allow companies to access university-owned innovations.

Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in many aspects of economic development, especially in academic commercialization and industry partnerships. Before joining Mizzou in 2019, she served as both executive director of the Iowa State University Research Foundation and director of the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Iowa State. Lisa managed industry relations and economic development programs for Iowa State and worked as a computational biologist for Pioneer Hi-Bred International before entering the tech transfer field.

Lisa earned a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in genetics from ISU. Her professional affiliations include the Association of University Technology Managers, Intellectual Property Owners Association and the Licensing Executives Society.



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Adam Blumhagen

Adam Blumhagen, PhD
Licensing & Business Development Associate, Engineering
222 Engineering Building North

Adam Blumhagen returned to his alma mater and started a new career in tech transfer when he joined TAO in 2020. After he earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering at MU, Adam worked as a process engineer for six years at Intel Corp. in Hillsboro, Oregon, where he focused on logic technology development. Adam also gained experience as a quality and process engineer in Columbia at Square D-Schneider Electric.

Adam was published during graduate school in the American Journal of Dentistry for his work with atmospheric plasmas in dental applications. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with math and physics minors from Mizzou.



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Sam Bish

Sam Bish, PhD
Senior Licensing & Business Development Associate, Life Sciences & Agriculture
440B Bond Life Sciences Center

Sam Bish works with inventors in the life sciences and agriculture. He has more than a decade of experience in the field, including experience as a senior licensing and patenting manager in the Office of Technology Transfer at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Md., and as a fellow in the Technology Transfer Center at the National Cancer Institute.

Sam is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers and has written guest columns for He 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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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 TAO 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 TAO 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 TAO 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: February 4, 2020