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Office for Technology Commercialization


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About OTC

Staff Directory

Staff Working

We understand each person has specific needs. To best respond to those needs, we are organized into industry groups, ensuring we have the right knowledge and experience at the table. Click on the links below to get contact information and to learn more about our expert staff.

Executive Staff

Jay Schrankler
Associate Vice President

Tom Hutton
Chief of Staff

Technology Strategy Group

Rebecca Gerber
Associate Director

Intellectual Property Officers:

Karen Ohlfest
Life Sciences

Eric Olson
Physical Sciences/Software/Medical Devices

Technology Portfolio Managers:

Leza Besemann
Engineering/Physical Sciences/Pharma

Chris Ghere
Software and Information Technology

Anne Hall
Ag-Hort/Energy/Biological Sciences

Karen Kaehler

Vaughn Schmid
Life Sciences/Medical Devices/Creative Works

Xu Zou
Engineering/Physical Sciences

Technology Licensing Group

Rick Huebsch
Associate Director

Technology Licensing Officers:

Kevin Anderson

BJ Haun
Ag-Hort/Vet Med

Larry Micek
Engineering/Physical Sciences

Andrew Morrow
Software and Information Technology

Kevin Nickels
Engineering/Physical Sciences

Rajesh Udupa


Technology Licensing Group cont.

Carol Grutkoski
Technology Marketing Manager

Contracts Managers:

Rebecca Lowery

Anna McDonagh

Venture Center

Russ Straate
Associate Director

Dale Nugent
Venture Development Executive

Finance Group

Nathan Wassenberg
Finance Manager

Luba Anderson
Royalty Accountant

Yulia Wieland
Royalty Accountant

Brian Gudio
Patent Accountant

Operations Group

Tom Hutton
Operations Director & Chief of Staff

Phil Snyder
Business Systems Analyst

Laura Johnson
Executive Administrative Specialist
Executive Director and Venture Center

Joy Kangas
Principal Administrative Specialist
Technology Strategy Group and Technology Licensing Group

Laurel Corgard
Patent Administrative Specialist

Resa Gilats
Patent Administrator

More Information

Location & Directions

McNamara Alumni Center

We are conveniently located in the McNamara Alumni Center on the East Bank of the Twin Cities campus.


280 McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

General: 612.624.0550

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