As associate vice president of University of Cincinnati Technology Accelerator for Commercialization, Dr. Air’s primary responsibilities include oversight of all operations relating to commercialization of University technology, assisting faculty in start-up company activity, facilitating university industry commercialization collaborations and developing a network of commercialization/business resources for the university.
Dr. Air recently received a $1 million grant from the Ohio Third Frontier Program to support a new and innovative model for commercialization of university intellectual property. Other accomplishments include:
Dr. Air initiated and serves as the chair of the Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS), a consortium which now includes eight universities in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana, to create university-industry networking opportunities and visibility for the research and commercialization capabilities in the region. In 2005, she was appointed by the University of Cincinnati as a loaned executive to CincyTech for part of her time. She was a member of the 3-person leadership team that developed the initial framework for CincyTech’s Entrepreneurial Signature Program, which has subsequently received millions of dollars in state funding.
Dr. Air’s awards and recognitions include 2015 Top 20 People to Know in Technology by the Cincinnati Business Courier; 2006 one of the Top 10 Women in Technology in the Cincinnati Region; and recipient of the 2007 Leading Women of Greater Cincinnati for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Air serves on the Board of Directors of Hamilton County Business Center and is a past Board member of BioStart, EMTEC, Greater Cincinnati Venture Association and Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Board.
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Jason Heikenfeld is a professor and Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization at the Univ. of Cincinnati. He is a Senior member of IEEE and the Society for Information Display, a life-member of SPIE, a member of ASEE, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. In addition to scholarly work, Prof. Heikenfeld is an award-winning educator, and has led the creation of programs and coursework that foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and understanding of the profound impact that technology has on society.
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As director of the University of Cincinnati Technology Accelerator for Commercialization, Mr. Pinksi oversees the day-to-day management of UC’s intellectual property portfolio ranging from management and marketing of disclosures to developing and negotiating appropriate licensing terms for license agreements. He joined the Intellectual Property Office in January 2005 as an extern while enrolled in the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Upon successfully graduating law school in May 2006, he moved from extern to licensing associate, responsible for managing material transfer agreements and non-disclosure agreements. His background in the physical sciences was established while earning a BS in Physics, with high honors, from UC.
Melissa Davis joined the University of Cincinnati Technology Accelerator for Commercialization in September 2014 as the executive staff assistant. She manages our in-house database, along with I-Edison compliance. Ms. Davis also handles all invoices and royalty distribution. She recently finished her second associate degree in applied sciences/paralegal.
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Doug Nienaber is a Senior Licensing Associate for the University of Cincinnati Office of Technology Accelerator for Commercialization (UC TAC). Since 2014, he has managed the university’s inventions occurring in the natural sciences and engineering. His work includes coordination of patent, licensing, and commercialization functions as well as access to strategic external resources—including entrepreneurs-in-residence and gap funding. Prior to joining UC TAC, Doug served the university as an attorney for 11 years. His degrees are from Case Western Reserve (BS, mechanical engineering) and UC (law). He enjoys supporting the faculty researchers and their innovative and entrepreneurial work. His personal interests include running and coaching youth sports.
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David Cepoi joined UCTAC in January 2017 as its new Director of Marketing & Entrepreneurial Training. In this role, he is responsible for increasing faculty, staff and community awareness about commercializing University of Cincinnati innovation. He previously worked in technology transfer offices at Oregon Health & Science University, The Scripps Research Institute, and the University of California, performing wide-ranging functions with increasing responsibilities at each institution. Prior to arriving at University of Cincinnati, David spent two years in Los Angeles, consulting for small/startup companies in the biotech and renewable energy spaces.
David’s scientific background is in neuroendocrinology- studying the role of neuropeptide binding proteins regulating the stress response, and later, exploring the role of the central melanocortin system in the regulation of energy homeostasis.
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Melissa Baines has been a licensing associate in the University of Cincinnati Technology Accelerator for Commercialization since 2010. In this role, she provides guidance to University researchers in aspects of protecting University innovations, including working with the business and academic community to negotiate material transfers and confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements. Ms. Baines also manages the licensing of university research tools, such as cell lines and mouse models. She joined the University of Cincinnati in November 2003.
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Ms. Uhl has extensive experience in many areas of the biotechnology industry having worked as a scientist in a biochemistry facility, as an advocate for biotech and pharmaceutical companies while working at various law firms and as an in-house lawyer for one of the world’s best-known biopharmaceutical companies.
Ms. Uhl completed her undergraduate and graduate work in biochemistry at the University of Kentucky. After completing her education, Ms. Uhl was employed as a Research Scientist by Hills Pet Nutrition in Topeka Kansas where her responsibilities included supervising the building and staffing of a new, state-of-the-art biochemistry lab. Following her time at the bench, Ms. Uhl obtained a law degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. As a lawyer in private practice at several well-known firms including Marshall, Gerstein and Borun in Chicago and Hale and Dorr in Boston, Ms. Uhl advised pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in prosecution, litigation and licensing strategies. Ms. Uhl joined Serono International in 2003 as Chief U.S. Patent Counsel, where her practice included all aspects of international patent prosecution, interference, licensing, due diligence in portfolio acquisitions, and multi-national litigation.
Since 2008, Ms. Uhl has been engaged in academic technology transfer at both Arizona State University and Johns Hopkins University. In January 2017, Ms. Uhl joined the UC Technology Accelerator for Commercialization as a senior licensing associate, and manages the university's life science and biomedical innovation
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