MATTO seminars

Dear MATTO members,

You are invited to a MATTO seminar on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 3:30pm-5pm: “Junior Tech Transfer Professionals: What Next?”

The seminar will take place at the  Cloud Room at CIC, 101 Main street in Cambridge, MA 02142

Panel Description:

Junior TT professionals often find themselves caught up in the routine of their job. While every technology and every agreement is a unique learning opportunity, young professionals face the task of looking for new ways to diversify their experience to keep up with the evolving landscape of technology transfer. At the same time, their mentors may also want to explore new ways in which they can be involved in the development of their juniors.

To give JUNIORS AND MENTORS insights and spark a thoughtful discussion on professional development, this diverse panel will touch on several themes, including:

  • Going beyond the basics of networking, seminars
  • The role mentors can play/ the importance of having a mentor
  • Adapting to the changing landscape
  • Using Tech Transfer as a stepping stone into other careers


  • Rebecca Garverman, B.S., Associate Licensing Officer, MIT TLO
  • Zoe Klein, Ph.D., Business Development Associate, Harvard University OTD
  • Lesley Millar-Nicholson, MBA, Director, MIT TLO

Moderator: Travis D’Cruz, Licensing Associate, Tufts University OTTIC

The seminar is free but you have to register on this link 

Refreshments and Networking at 3:30 – 4:00 PM

Discussion 4:00 – 5:00 PM


Travis D’Cruz

Travis joined the TTIC in April 2016 as a licensing associate. He assists senior case managers with intellectual property and technology transfer matters arising from Tufts University. Travis has a strong background in life science research, having focused on neuronal disease and development of the eye. Prior to joining Tufts, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center and a consultant for miLEAD Consulting in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Travis received his PhD in neuroscience from Pennsylvania State University and his BS in biological sciences from Drexel University.

Rebecca Garverman

Rebecca joined the MIT TLO in May 2015 as a Technology Licensing Associate. In September 2016, she was promoted to Associate Licensing Officer and actively assists senior managers with MIT inventions in consumer products, chemicals, instruments, and nanotechnology. Rebecca has been a Research Assistant at MIT, studying renewable energy policy in the US. She holds bachelor’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from MIT.

Zoe Klein

Prior to joining OTD, Zoe was a life sciences strategy consultant at ClearView Healthcare Partners where she worked with biotech and pharmaceutical companies on a number of engagements, assessing opportunity in multiple therapeutic areas and informing business development decision-making. Zoe holds a PhD in Neuroscience from Yale University, where her work focused on the genetic and cell biological mechanisms underlying dementia. At Yale, Zoe was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Scholar and George Robert Pfeiffer Fellow for biomedical research. Zoe received a B.A. in Neuroscience and Spanish from Barnard College of Columbia University.

Lesley Millar-Nicholson

As director, Lesley leads the MIT TLO in all aspects of its business and operations, enabling commercial investment in, and licensing of, inventions and discoveries flowing from MIT research. Prior to this, Lesley was the director of the Office of Technology Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she has had responsibility for the oversight of all technology transfer activities across the university. Lesley holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Georgia, respectively, and an MBA from UIUC.