John F. Ritter
Director, Office of Technology Licensing
Office Location: 87 Prospect Ave., 3rd Floor, Rm 317
Campus Phone: (609) 258-1570
As director of the Office of Technology Licensing, John oversees the protection and licensing of software and inventions created at Princeton University. His responsibilities include triaging invention disclosures, negotiating confidentiality, liaising with patent attorneys, and overseeing the distribution of income generated by intellectual property in accordance with the University patent policy as well as government compliance relating to patents and software. Additionally, John serves as secretary of the Review Panel on Conflict of Interest in Research.
John has served as a technology licensing professional at the University for 15 years. Prior to coming to Princeton, he worked as a senior licensing professional at Rutgers University and held various sales and marketing positions in industry. He holds a B.S. in engineering from Rutgers University, an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a J.D. with Honors from Rutgers School of Law. A registered patent attorney, he is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Assistant Director, Office of Technology Licensing
Office Location: 87 Prospect Ave., 3rd Floor, Rm 315
Campus Phone: (609) 258-7256
Laurie serves as the lead professional support person and also provides additional support and oversight of OTL staff and OTL activities,
In addition, Laurie is responsible for life sciences, biotechnology and related subjects. She covers all aspects of protecting, leveraging and transferring University intellectual property assets to commercialization partners. Her responsibilities include exploring the business case for inventions, managing faculty engagement with patent counsel, marketing technologies, and negotiating options and licenses. She also takes the lead in crafting confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements (MTAs), and inter-institutional agreements. Her responsibilities are primarily focused on the life sciences.
Laurie joined the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) in 2005, having previously worked as vice president for client development at the technology development and commercialization company BTG plc. Laurie has been also involved in sales of research products for the life sciences, including radiopharmaceuticals and infectious disease diagnostic kits. Laurie is active in the local biotechnology associations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is a former board member of the Pennsylvania Biotech Association and an active member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). She is currently serving as co-chair of the AUTM MTA Survey Committee and is a member of the New Jersey Ad Hoc Committee. Laurie holds a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire.
Senior Licensing Associate
Office Location: 87 Prospect Ave., 3rd Floor, Rm 314
Campus Phone: (609) 258-6762
Michael is the senior licensing associate in focusing on technologies in engineering and the physical sciences. He is responsible for managing a large portfolio of invention disclosures, obtaining intellectual property protection, connecting faculty with commercialization partners, and negotiating various licensing and confidentiality agreements on behalf of the University.
Michael comes to OTL with extensive experience in intellectual property management and skills in patent portfolio management, new product development, market research, and patent drafting and prosecution. Most recently, he served as research associate director in intellectual asset management at Johnson & Johnson. Michael holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell, an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida, and an M.A. in Financial Economics from Rutgers University. Additionally, Michael is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and he is an inventor on several patents.
New Ventures Associate
Office Location: 87 Prospect Ave., 3rd Floor, Rm 303
Campus Phone: (609) 258-3769
As New Ventures Associate, Tony will play a pivotal role in developing and translating Princeton research into practical applications to benefit society.
After earning a PhD in chemistry from the University of Cambridge, Tony gained postdoctoral research experience in materials chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, and then at Princeton University in the laboratory of Professor Robert Cava. He later earned an MBA from the University of Oxford, where he won a competitive fellowship to work for the university’s technology transfer office.
Recently, Tony spent three years on the Technology Ventures team at Imperial Innovations, the technology transfer office of Imperial College London and one of the UK’s leading investors in academic research-based startups. He was responsible for the development of early-stage investment opportunities from universities, including evaluation of technologies, design and execution of proof-of-concept projects, investment negotiation, and deal execution, working with the academic founders to build businesses based on their cutting-edge research.
Business & Contracts Manager
Office Location: 87 Prospect Ave., 3rd Floor, Rm 313
Campus Phone: (609) 258-5308
Tom Voigtsberger is the business and contracts manager in the Office of Technology Licensing where he is responsible for managing all of the office’s financial operations. These include the collection of royalty payments and distribution of proceeds to inventors and departments, the processing and payment of legal expenses, the collection of accounts receivable from licenses, and the processing and recording of miscellaneous expense transactions. He also negotiates and executes material transfer agreements (MTAs) as well as licenses for commercial software developed by Princeton University inventors.
Voigtsberger received his B.A. from Kutztown University and his M.B.A. from Rider University. Before joining the Office of Technology Licensing in 2008, he worked for 27 years in Princeton University’s Office of Internal Audit.
Administrative Assistant & Technology Compliance Manager
Campus Phone: (609) 258-1001
Office Location: 87 Prospect Ave., 3rd Floor, Rm 316
As the administrative assistant for the Office of Technology Licensing, Diane provides support to the OTL director and staff, manages the daily operations of the office and handles special projects. She serves as the compliance manager to assure that all technologies are appropriately reported to the government in satisfaction of federal regulations. She also manages and supervises student and casual staff and is OTL’s direct liaison with the Office of Human Resources.
Diane joined OTL in 2008 and has worked at Princeton University for 17 years. Prior to joining OTL, Diane worked in the Graduate School, the Office of Student Life, and the University Health Services. She holds a B.S. from Rider University in liberal studies with a minor degree in law and justice, a graduate level teacher certification, and an associate’s degree as a paralegal.
Contracts & Business Office Administrator
Office Location: 87 Prospect Ave., 3rd Floor, Rm 312
Campus Phone: (609) 258-1237
Patti is primarily responsible for the processing and payment of technology related expenses. She also assists the Business and Contracts Manager with duties associated with the office’s financial operations and the Administrative Assistant with special projects. In addition, she handles the closeout of government grants funding Princeton’s technologies.
Patti joined Technology Licensing in 2011. Prior to joining OTL, Patti worked in the financial services industry for 17 years. She holds a B.S. from Rider University.
Technology Licensing Assistant
Office Location: 87 Prospect Ave., 3rd Floor, Rm 303
Campus Phone: (609) 258-5579
As a Technology Licensing Assistant, Sangeeta assists in transferring University intellectual property assets to commercialization partners. Her responsibilities include prior art search, drafting technology briefs, analyzing market needs, and running marketing campaigns in the field of biology, chemistry, engineering, and computer sciences.
After earning a PhD in biochemistry & molecular biology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Sangeeta gained postdoctoral research experience in cancer biology at Vanderbilt University and Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Prior to coming to Princeton, Sangeeta spent two years in technology commercialization at University of Georgia, Rutgers University and Ripple Management Inc. She was responsible for writing grants, go to market product plans for raising money for start-up companies and patentability assessment, creating marketing material, and identifying companies for licensing University technologies.
Office Location: 87 Prospect Ave., 3rd Floor, Rm 302
Campus Phone: (609) 258-9833