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August 30, 2018

Alumna selected vice president of Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercialization

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Research Foundation President Brian Edelman has named Brooke Beier, a Purdue University alumna, as vice president of the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC).

Beier was promoted after serving the previous 16 months as executive director of the OTC, which operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the United States. She will continue to lead the effort to commercialize Purdue’s abundant portfolio of available technologies through licensing and protect the university’s intellectual property.

“Brooke has been a key player as the Office of Technology Commercialization has transformed to become more business-friendly since 2013 under the leadership of my predecessor, Dan Hasler, and President Mitch Daniels,” Edelman said. “Brooke earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Purdue so she knows the university and its ecosystem well. She’s the ideal person to continue to spread the word that Purdue is open for business.”

Since Beier joined PRF, OTC has had record-setting years in many categories including invention disclosures received, U.S. patent applications filed and issued, license deals executed, license income received and startups, all while keeping expenses associated with protecting Purdue’s intellectual property at record lows.

“Purdue has an extensive intellectual property portfolio and each year a high percentage of these patents get licensed and commercialized, turning great ideas into products that make a positive impact on the world,” Beier said.

In the past five years, OTC has executed more than 650 agreements containing more than 1,000 different technologies. More than 120 of those agreements were to startups.

The Milken Institute ranked Purdue No. 1 in the Midwest and No. 1 nationally among public institutions without a medical school and No. 12 overall in the report “Concept of Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer.” Purdue also is among only 13 U.S. universities to be rated in the top 20 in each of the past four years in U.S. utility patents, according to the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association.

“Purdue has a strong emphasis on technology transfer, commercialization and entrepreneurship and we have made great strides in recent years,” Beier said. “Purdue has incredible faculty, staff and students that develop innovations that can change the world and we plan to continue our effort to ensure these innovations are translated from Purdue to the public.”

Beier holds bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from Purdue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. She also was an All-Big Ten selection and captain of the Purdue women’s tennis team.

About Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the U.S. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university's academic activities. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2016 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Innovation from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at otcip@prf.org. The Purdue Research Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation created to advance the mission of Purdue University.           

Purdue Research Foundation contact: Tom Coyne, 765-588-1044, tjcoyne@prf.org

Sources: Brian Edelman, beedelman@prf.org    

Brooke Beier, blbeier@prf.org


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