Megan Aanstoos, Ph.D

Licensing & New Ventures Manager

Megan is a Licensing and New Ventures Manager for KCV. In this role, her primary responsibilities include outreach and education on matters related to commercialization, along with assessing, managing, and licensing intellectual property developed at KCV Partner Institutions. Before joining the KCV program team, Megan obtained her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, received a Master’s in Bioengineering from the University of Utah, and earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Colorado State University. She has previously served as a Licensing Analyst and Licensing Manager at The Ohio State University. Megan is excited to be in Kentucky, her husband’s home state, to help advance #innovation for the Commonwealth.

 

Megan’s work allows her to pursue a lifelong passion: connecting people together to make healthcare and medicine easy. She is motivated by hearing people say “yes, I can help get that to market” and “yes, I have access to the technology I need to live the life I want.” In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with various animal welfare organizations to help rescue dogs find new homes.

Learn more about Megan in the Tech Transfer IP podcast, where she shares her background, her work with KCV, and her engagement with AUTM’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee. Megan speaks about KCV’s structure, the program’s efforts to create a more inclusive ecosystem for Kentucky innovators, and how strong relationships and powerful networks increase the chances for success. During her conversation with host Lisa Mueller, who is a contributing member of the Tech Transfer IP Forum, Megan also gives advice on increasing EDI for technology transfer professionals, ways to get involved with AUTM, and suggests that listeners learn more about racism in the patent system and things that can be done to reduce the disparity in innovation today.

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