2022 speakers

Lesley Millar-Nicholson


Lesley Millar-Nicholson is the Executive Director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Technology Licensing Office (TLO) and is part of the founding leadership team of the recently formed MIT Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer (OSATT).  As TLO Executive Director, she leads a team managing the MIT’s intellectual assets and technology transfer process. Ms. Millar-Nicholson is a Past President of the Board of Governors of Certified Licensing Professionals Inc, (CLP Inc.), a former member of the Board of Directors of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), and is on the Board of Cambridge Enterprise, UK as an external advisor.  A native of Scotland, Ms. Millar-Nicholson has a B.Ed., M.Ed, and MBA and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

The MIT TLO team manage over 700 new inventions a year from the MIT and Lincoln Lab campuses.  The MIT portfolio includes over 11,000 issued and pending US and foreign patents and over 1,000 active licenses. The TLO is an integral part of the MIT innovation ecosystem working closely with its many programs and centers established to harness the amazing innovations from MIT faculty, students and staff. 

Prior to arriving in Cambridge Ms. Millar-Nicholson was Director of the Office of Technology Management (OTM) at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign managing the technology transfer and commercialization processes

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