Tech Advancement

MU Appoints Matlock to Move Engineering Inventions to Market

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Brian Matlock, MU licensing and business development associate

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (April 10, 2017) — The University of Missouri's Office of Technology Management & Industry Relations (OTMIR) welcomes K. Brian Matlock, a new licensing and business development associate responsible for protecting engineering and physical science innovations and facilitating pathways for their conversion into new products and businesses.

Matlock evaluates inventions, negotiates intellectual property agreements, files patents and arranges legal and business development assistance for Mizzou inventors. He and other OTMIR professionals act as a conduit between companies seeking innovations, investors in high-tech firms, entrepreneurs and MU's scientific advances.

“MU's intellectual property is the raw material that sparks commercial ventures,” says OTMIR Director Chris Fender. “Our office manages this valuable asset, which we transfer to industry through the negotiation and execution of license agreements. In exchange, our partners pay royalties, create jobs, offer equity shares and provide other benefits for MU, the community and beyond.”

Market successes from MU's engineering area include Foresite Healthcare, which sells a suite of wireless monitoring technologies to detect early signs of illness and functional decline in older adults; Nanova Inc., a company that uses nanofiber composite technology in dental and orthopedic products; and ImpeDx Diagnostics, which is developing rapid bacteria detection technology to reduce the mortality rate of septic patients.

“Brian brings a wealth of knowledge to MU,” says Wayne McDaniel, OTMIR associate director and engineering lead. “He is a skilled intellectual property and licensing attorney who has experience with engineering, material and physical sciences, software and computer science technologies.”

Matlock 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.

“I have spent the last several years working with late-stage technology commercialization clients in California, bringing a broad range of new products to market,” Matlock says. “I look forward to helping the university bring early-stage innovations to market by matching inventors, investors and industry to new projects.”

Matlock 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.

OTMIR is part of MU's division of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development. OTMIR professionals manage more than 800 technologies in different stages of development. Their work makes it possible for the office to generate 100 percent of its own budget and financially support other campus programs.In FY2016, MU received a record $14.9 million in revenue from more than 40 different technology licenses. In fact, the University of Missouri is consistently in the top 25 percent of higher education institutions nationally for total income received from licensed inventions, according to annual licensing activity surveys from the Association of University Technology Managers.

“During the last five years, companies commercializing MU technologies have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in investments and grants to advance their efforts,” Fender says. “This shows the confidence investors have in our technologies and the teams that have assembled to commercialize them.”

Engineering and materials science faculty and staff who think they have commercially viable innovations should contact the following OTMIR professionals early in the discovery process:

Wayne McDaniel
Associate Director and Engineering Lead
223 Engineering Building North

K. Brian Matlock
Licensing & Business Development Associate
222 Engineering Building North

Brett Maland
Senior Licensing & Business Development Associate
Software & Copyright
204 Engineering Building North


Last Updated: February 1, 2019