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Director, Office of Technology Transfer, Southern Illinois University

Robert Patino is the Director of Technology Transfer at the Southern Illinois University System. In this capacity, he serves to effect the evaluation of technologies and discoveries for patentable subject matter and commercial potential by faculty, staff and students within the SIU System. He dedicates his efforts to advancing those discoveries through the commercialization pipeline by partnering with 3rd party industry and research partners. These activities help bring novel products to market for the benefit of society while building relationships with industry to promote economic growth and increasing private investments into research. Mr. Patino works to help secure state and federal economic development grants and strives to develop strategic regional and international partnerships to support research, startup company formation and educational opportunities.

Mr. Patino is an adjunct professor in the College of Law at SIUC and holds a cross-appointment in the Medical Humanities Department at the School of Medicine. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1998 and received his Juris Doctor from DePaul University in 2003. He is a registered patent attorney and has extensive experience in prosecuting intellectual property rights and managing complex licensing agreements. He has worked for Monsanto, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd. He is actively involved with the Illinois Government Bar Association, Licensing Executive Society, Association of University Technology Managers, American Intellectual Property Law Association and other regional and national organizations.


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