Jenna Matheny has been hired as the director of technology transfer at UNHI and brings over a decade of experience in licensing, intellectual property management, business development, and technology commercialization in multiple sectors. Jenna advises and educates the UNH community on relevant intellectual property and technology transfer issues; encourages and facilitates activities in support of the development, disclosure, protection, and commercialization of UNH's intellectual property; and represents UNH's interest in these matters to external organizations including state agencies, relevant professional organizations, and private business and industry. Jenna works with innovators across the university and has particular responsibility for innovations originating from the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.
Before joining UNH, Jenna worked in the Belfer Office for Dana-Farber Innovations at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. She was the innovation and licensing lead for the team managing innovations relating to immunology and virology; software, data sciences, and computational biology; prevention and early detection; population sciences; molecular biology; and cellular therapies.
Previously, Jenna was a licensing associate at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where she managed the protection and commercialization of intellectual property developed across the university ranging from life sciences to clean energy. Prior to joining Tulane, Jenna worked with the New Orleans BioInnovation Center to support the development of startups based on technologies licensed from New Orleans-area universities.
Jenna received her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University Law School and her Bachelor of Science in brain and cognitive sciences from MIT. She is active with the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and is a member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of LouisianaBio from 2013-2019. Jenna is a frequent speaker on intellectual property, contracts, and technology commercialization