Executive Director – USC Stevens Center for Innovation
Jennifer Dyer is the Executive Director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, a university-wide resource that helps USC innovators make an impact with their ideas through commercialization of their research. In this role, she leads a team of 30 to ensure that USC supports translational research, intellectual property management, patenting, licensing, startups, mentoring and translational funding.
Dyer has 20 years of experience and a strong record of success in technology transfer, including serving as Director of Technology Development at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). At TSRI, Dyer contributed to growth in both licensing activity and corporate sponsored research, including the management of major funding relationships with Novartis, Johnson & Johnson and PPG. Her experience at TSRI includes supervising 800 licensing negotiations for equity, royalties and other financial terms, formation of 30 start-up companies and more than 300 research funding agreements.
Dyer joins USC from Life Technologies Corporation, where she served as a Corporate Development Consultant, leading the development of negotiation strategy and negotiating key licensing deals. Prior to Life Technologies, Dyer served as Vice President of Business Development for Wellspring Worldwide where she developed the strategy for the marketing and sales of Wellspring’s Knowledge Management System to corporations and academic institutions, as well as expansion into Asia-Pacific markets.
Dyer is a Certified Licensing Professional and has a degree in Physiology from California State University, Long Beach. Dyer has been an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES) since 1993.