Lesley Millar-Nicholson

Lesley Millar-Nicholson, is the Executive Director of MIT Technology Licensing Office (TLO), leading the team as Director from July 2016 to June 2022. She leads a team of professional staff managing the intellectual assets and tech transfer process for MIT’s inventions. Located in Kendall Square the TLO is responsible for engagement with faculty, staff and students and for the efficient and effective transfer of IP into the market place to ensure impact in society. Working with MIT startup companies, VC’s and corporate partners the team manage around 700 inventions a year from the MIT and Lincoln Lab campuses. The TLO is an integral part of the MIT innovation ecosystem working closely with the Deshpande Center, Venture Mentoring Service, Martin Trust Entrepreneurship Center, MIT Office of Innovation and many other programs and centers established to harness the amazing innovations from MIT faculty, students and staff. Prior to arriving in Cambridge Ms. Millar-Nicholson had served for ten years as Director of the Office of Technology Management (OTM) at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign.

Ms. Millar-Nicholson is a Past President of the Board of Governors of Certified Licensing Professionals Inc, a former Member of the Board of Directors of the Licensing Executive Society, a member of AUTM, and a member of the Bayh Dole Coalition Advisory Council. A native of Scotland, Ms. Millar-Nicholson has a B.Ed., M.Ed, MBA and is a Certified Licensing Professional.