Technology Transfer Services Team

We help researchers, postdoctoral fellows, staff and students explore the application and commercial potential of their discoveries and innovations, as well as intellectual property (IP) protection and strategy. We also connect external companies and individuals with UAlberta technologies available for licensing.

Contact us to find out how we can help you. 

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Joanna Preston
Associate Director, Licensing 

Joanna helps UAlberta researchers and innovators assess, protect and negotiate commercialization opportunities for health and life sciences discoveries and innovations.

Background and expertise
  • B.Sc. (Specialization Genetics); MBA (Technology Commercialization)
  • Associate director, technology management (health sciences), TEC Edmonton (2005-2020)
  • Technology Management Officer, Industry Liaison Office, University of Alberta (1999-2004)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) member

Contact
T: 780.492.7120 (please use cell during COVID)
C: 780.265.1075
jpreston@ualberta.ca

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Mandira Das
Associate Director, Licensing

A professional engineer with an electrical engineering background, Mandira works with UAlberta researchers and innovators to manage IP and commercialize new discoveries in natural sciences and engineering.

Background and expertise
  • B.Sc. (Electrical & Electronic Engineering), M.A.Sc. (Electrical Engineering),
  • Technology management officer, TEC Edmonton (2012-2020)
  • UVic Industry Partnerships (2012)
  • Licensed Professional Engineer with APEGA,
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) member

Contact
780.492.9123
mandira@ualberta.ca

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Quang Tran
Associate Director, Licensing

Quang works with UAlberta researchers and innovators to identify and assess IP, manage the IP protection process, and commercialize new discoveries in health and life sciences.

Background and expertise:
  • Ph.D. (Biochemistry), B.Sc. (Honors Biochemistry)
  • Technology Management Officer, TEC Edmonton (2014-2020)
  • Technology Analyst, Innovate Calgary (2012-2014)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) member

Contact
780.492.6254
qmtran@ualberta.ca

Brenda Service
Intellectual Property Manager

Brenda helps UAlberta researchers and innovators protect their inventions through IP filings and management.

Background and expertise
  • Paralegal Studies, MacEwan University
  • Intellectual Property Paralegal, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Informatics and Intellectual Property Manager, TEC Edmonton (2008-2020)
  • Legal Assistant, Industry Liaison Office, University of Alberta (1996-2000)
  • Informatics and Intellectual Property Manager, Industry Liaison Office, University of Alberta (2000-2008)
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) member

Contact
780.492.1584
bservice@ualberta.ca

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Jonathan Yeo
Contract Specialist

As a Contract Specialist, Jonathan works with UAlberta researchers and innovators to oversee and execute contracts such as data sharing agreements, confidentiality disclosure agreements and material transfer agreements.

Background and expertise
  • B.Comm, LL.B
  • Contract specialist - partnerships and institutional projects, Research Services, University of Alberta

Contact
jyeo1@ualberta.ca