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UF Innovate | Tech Licensing works with innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and industry partners to maximize the potential of University of Florida innovations through commercialization for the global good. Founded in 1985, Tech Licensing receives more than 300 invention disclosures, executes more than 100 commercial transactions and launches nearly 20 companies each year. In 2017, the Milken Institute ranked the University of Florida third in the nation for its tech commercialization efforts.

With the benefit of UF Innovate’s two business incubators and its Ventures organization, Tech Licensing connects researchers with investors and industry to lead them through the commercialization process.

  • We support UF research by negotiating agreements that balance university and industry interests.
  • We manage UF’s intellectual property and commercialize the university’s technology portfolio.
  • We work with UF researchers, faculty, staff and students to guide them through the tech transfer process to assist with invention disclosures and research activities.
  • We offer guidance in planning and implementing effective patent, copyright or trademark strategy.
  • Our licensing officers assist in technical and market assessments while providing customer service to industry partners.
  • We provide assistance in assessing potential opportunities to form startups based on UF technologies.

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Visit the Gatorlink portal to report a new invention or work.

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Contact Us

For general inquiries, send email to Tech Licensing
Main Office: (352) 392-8929
Fax: (352) 392-6600

Meet the UF Innovate | Tech Licensing Team

Jim O’Connell Assistant Vice President & Director of Tech Licensing (352) 392-8929
John Byatt Associate Director (352) 392-4979
Dawn Meyers Administrative Assistant (352) 392-4684
Sara Dagen Marketing & Communications Manager (352) 294-0998
Penelope Gianelli MTA Coordinator (352) 294-0990
Rachel Harding Licensing Liaison (352) 392-2996
Michelle Friedline Marketing & Communications Specialist (352) 846-1685
Patti Reineke Contracts Manager (352) 392-8961

Licensing Teams

John Byatt Associate Director of Tech Licensing; Assistant Director, Life Sciences (352) 392-4979
Adrienne Padgett Licensing Associate & Compliance Contact (352) 846-1663
Richard Croley Assistant Director, Physical Sciences (352) 846-1877
Karen Crespo Licensing Associate (352) 392-8933
Anita Rao Assistant Director, Life Sciences (352) 392-2577
Noel Burmeister Licensing Associate (352) 392-3014
Erika Henderson Administrative Support Assistant  for the preceding three teams (352) 294-3940
April Kilburn Assistant Director, Life Sciences (352) 392-6393
Melanie Campos Licensing Associate (352) 392-4906
Zahara Jaffer Assistant Director, Life Sciences (352) 294-2899
Tanya Farmer Licensing Associate (352) 294-3941
Lenny Terry Assistant Director, Physical Sciences (352) 392-4903
Zettia Fizer Licensing Associate (352) 392-2990
Leah Manning Administrative Support Assistant for the preceding three teams (352) 392-4783


Adrienne Padgett Compliance Contact (352) 846-1663

Address & Directions

Physical Address:

Our office is located in Suite 108 in the UF Innovate | The Hub building in Gainesville, Florida. The building is midway between the main campus of the University of Florida and Gainesville’s downtown.

UF Innovate | Tech Licensing
747 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Suite 108
Gainesville, FL 32601

Mailing Address

UF Innovate | Tech Licensing
P.O. Box 115575
Gainesville, FL 32611-5575