As the AT Venture Center’s Director of Commercialization & Licensing, Frank oversees the center’s commercialization related transactions and intellectual property (IP) licensing solutions provided to technology firms and advanced technology institutions (universities, research centers, government labs, etc.) housed in Western New York and throughout the US.
Prior to joining ATVC, Frank worked as the Director of Business Development- Licensing at Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercialization. In this role, he evaluated the commercial potential of Purdue University’s technologies and research outcomes, developed and implemented associated commercialization strategy, and led the negotiation of IP transactions with startup, corporate, and government partners. Throughout this process, he worked closely with Purdue faculty, staff, and students to mentor them on the technology transfer process and helped them create new university technology-based startup companies. He further acted as a liaison and engagement leader between the scientific, legal, and business community creating sustainable academic-industry partnerships.
Corporate IP Experience
In addition to his university technology transfer experience, he also has a wealth of corporate IP experience derived from his tenure at Eastman Kodak. As a Senior IP Analyst/Strategist he was tasked with managing and providing strategic advice for Kodak’s patent portfolio in the Inkjet and Image Capture divisions. This included evaluating business-related patents for purchase, cross-licensing, and joint venture opportunities and leading a team focused on competitive intelligence and market assessment for select products categories.
Frank holds an MBA from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from SUNY University at Buffalo. He is also a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst (CPVA), a holder of 10 patents, and is an active member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES).