Jon Soderstrom

Emeritus Board Member

Managing Director of University Technology Commercialization and Faculty Innovation, Yale University

Jon Soderstrom is the Managing Director of University Technology Commercialization and Faculty Innovation at Yale University. The Office manages the intellectual assets created at Yale to achieve the maximum benefit for the public and provide a financial return to support the University’s research efforts. He is responsible for managing the intellectual property portfolio of Yale faculty members, including (1) defining and executing commercialization strategies including negotiation of licenses and corporate-sponsored research agreements, (2) initiating strategic corporate partnerships, and (3) development and marketing of business concepts for new spin-off companies to the venture investment community. Since joining the Office in 1996, he has helped form more than 25 new ventures which collectively have raised over $500 million in professional venture capital. In 2007, the Office created the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute to help undergraduate, graduate and professional school students at Yale to start scalable new ventures. Over 100 new ventures have been formed that have raised over $135 million in investment capital. Prior to this position, Dr. Soderstrom was the Director of Program Development for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) after serving for ten years as Director of Technology Licensing for Martin Marietta Energy Systems. Dr. Soderstrom was a founding board member and past president of the Association of Federal Technology Transfer Executives as well as a member of the Licensing Executive Society and Association of University Technology Managers where he was, in 2008, President and, from 2003 – 2005, Vice President for Public Policy as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

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