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MU Appoints Lorenzen to Leverage Faculty Research Innovations

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Lisa Lorenzen, MU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Technology Advancement

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (August 14, 2019) — The MU Office of Research and Economic Development welcomes Lisa Lorenzen, assistant vice chancellor, Technology Advancement Office (TAO). Lorenzen, who starts Sept. 3, will lead university efforts to leverage the commercial potential of faculty research innovations (often called tech transfer).

Lorenzen most recently 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 has 20 years of experience in many aspects of economic development, especially in academic commercialization and industry partnerships,” said Mark McIntosh, vice chancellor for research and economic development at MU. “Her background in plant sciences as a computational biologist for Pioneer Hi-Bred International combined with her contract negotiation skills and ability to manage multimillion-dollar research collaborations will greatly enhance the tech transfer process at MU.”

TAO professionals work at the interface of science, business and patent law. At Mizzou, they manage more than 800 early-stage innovations in different stages of development and collaborate with faculty, companies, entrepreneurs and investors to develop and transform them into products, jobs and businesses.

Lorenzen will oversee 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. In FY2019, companies optioned or licensed 103 different technologies, generating $6.6 million in revenue for MU.

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Lorenzen’s husband, Scott Dahl, will be working for the Mizzou Alumni Association. Their 13-year-old daughter, Isabel, is an 8th grader in the Southern Boone School District.

“This position is the perfect opportunity to combine my strong commitment to technology transfer with my passion for industry relations and economic development,” Lorenzen said. “Facilitating deal making for intellectual property agreements and negotiating creative solutions that enable research collaborations with industry are at the core of what I enjoy most about this field.”

Before working in tech transfer, Lorenzen directed industry relations and economic development programs for Iowa State. She earned a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in genetics from ISU.

“Under Lisa’s leadership at Iowa State, the number of inventions that faculty disclosed rose 40%, and license agreements increased by 33%,” said Bill Turpin, interim associate vice chancellor for economic development. “We look forward to her expertise on Mizzou’s economic development leadership team.”


Last Updated: September 18, 2019