News & Events


January 2022

Update on Research Administration

Maria T. ZuberKrystyn J. Van Vliet

Over the years, two overarching trends have added to the research administration complexity faced by principal investigators at MIT. 

First, the fraction of research funding that comes from non-federal sources, including industry and private foundations, has increased substantially, today accounting for approximately 40% of our campus research volume. Second, research agreements themselves, federal and non-federal alike, have grown more complex, due to a range of factors such as new compliance, data privacy, and disclosure requirements.

Many principal investigators (PIs) at MIT now manage more diverse research portfolios composed of more complex individual agreements. In light of these changes, and to better support PIs, in fall 2019 MIT announced an effort to transform its research and sponsored activity enterprise. 

In the coming months, on these pages, we plan to provide updates on our progress in enacting this transformation. Today, we offer a broad overview of what we’re working to achieve, along with a brief status report. In future updates, we’ll go into more detail about the issues we summarize here. 



December 2021

MIT TLO welcomes Deirdre Zammit as its next Associate Director of Licensing and Jodie Richardson as its new Assistant Director of Operations. 

Deirdre Zammit, a technology licensing leader has been selected after an extensive national search as the next Associate Director of Physical Sciences, Software, and Copyright for MIT’s Technology Licensing Office (TLO).  

Formerly a Technology Licensing Officer at the TLO, Zammit helped champion the continued work between Lincoln Labs and the TLO over the last year while also managing an IP portfolio of nearly 900 cases. MIT’s Lincoln Labs is a federally funded research and development center chartered to apply advanced technology to problems of national security. 

In her new role at the TLO, Zammit will focus on managing a team of 12, licensing officers and licensing associates, working closely with the Associate Director, Life Sciences Lauren C. Foster, all while continuing to develop deep partnerships with inventors, licensees, and VCs in the physical sciences realm. 

Jodie Richardson, a technology licensing professional is joining the TLO from University of Michigan where she spent five years guiding the office on process optimizations and Federal Government compliance. Before that, Richardson worked in the paralegal and venture capital industry.  


September 2020

Top US, UK, and EU universities working together to help economies fuel post-COVID recovery

Ten world-leading US, UK, and EU universities will discuss with leaders in national government and funding bodies on how to harness the enormous potential of research and commercialization for the urgent economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. University researchers contributed to alleviating the COVID-19 crisis, saving lives by engineering new breathing devices and testing appliances and working tirelessly to develop effective vaccines. The economic challenges ahead present an opportunity to build on innovations in research to stimulate economies with wealth and jobs.

Convening their inaugural event TODAY, members of TenU, the trans-Atlantic research commercialization collaboration of the universities of Cambridge (UK), Columbia (USA), Edinburgh (UK), Imperial College London (UK), Leuven (Belgium), Manchester (UK), MIT (USA), Oxford (UK), Stanford (USA), and UCL (UK), and senior and leading university and academic figures are discussing with US and UK high-level policy officials how to best translate public investments in research into new products, businesses, and jobs. Read more...

April 2020

Ensuring access to lifesaving technologies during the pandemic

Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University have established and committed to a set of technology licensing principles that will incentivize and allow for the most broad and equitable access to university innovations during the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

The joint “COVID-19 Technology Access Framework” sets a model by which critically important technologies that may help prevent, diagnose, or treat COVID-19 infections may be deployed for the greatest public benefit without delay. Read more... 

February 2019

Directors of leading US university tech transfer offices meet with government and top UK universities to discuss commercialisation

LONDON—Two of the most innovative US universities, along with their UK counterparts, will meet with the minister and innovation and industrial strategy leaders from UK government on Monday 25 February. 

Lesley Millar-Nicholson, Director of MIT’s Technology Licensing Office, and Karin Immergluck, Executive Director of Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing, were invited by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Cambridge Enterprise Chief Executive Tony Raven to confer with UK policymakers and university peers. Read more...


Upcoming Events:

Q&A with the TLO | Tuesdays | 3:00-4:00 pm

If you are an MIT researcher working on an invention and would like to talk to us about the disclosure, patenting, or commercialization process, or if you have general tech transfer questions, join us in iHQ where a few members of the Technology Licensing Office will be available on the 4th floor if iHQ or the Martin Trust Center to answer your questions. 



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