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. Our services include:

  • Administration, Contracts and IP Management – invention/intellectual property protection guidance, patent/copyright filing and management as well as executing/managing legal contracts such as Data Sharing Agreements, Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreements and Material Transfer Agreements.
  • Technology Transfer and Licensing – identify the commercialization potential of research driven discoveries and innovations, and help inventors navigate the commercialization process
  • Industry Partnerships and Business Development – Create translational research and commercialization partnerships with industry, market licensing opportunities and help UAlberta spinoffs, inventors and entrepreneurs grow, scale and succeed.

Meet our team below and contact us to find out how we can help you.

Administration, Contracts and IP Management 

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Priyanka Patel

Administrative Coordinator


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Jonathan Yeo

Contract Specialist


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Brenda Service

Intellectual Property Manager


Technology Transfer and Licensing 

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Joanna Preston

Associate Director Licensing - 
Health Sciences

T: 780.492.7120 (please use cell during COVID)
C: 780.265.1075

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Quang Tran

Associate Director Licensing -
Health Sciences


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Robert Carruthers

Associate Director Licensing -
Natural Sciences & Engineering


Industry Partnerships and Business Development 

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David Chang

Industry Liaison Officer  


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Luke Butterworth

Executive in Residence