Business Lexington interview with KCV Executive Director Kayla Meisner
Kentucky Commercialization Ventures recently announced Kayla Meisner's promotion to Executive Director. Kayla spoke with Business Lexington about her new role, the experiences that brought her to KCV, our organization's mission and purpose, and some of our recent successes in tech transfer.
"KCV is pioneering the third generation of tech transfer, which is to say, we’re removing barriers to access to education and resources. Innovation doesn’t just happen in the STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] field," Kayla explained. "It doesn’t just happen with people who majored in entrepreneurship or went through MBA programs. And innovation can happen at institutions that aren’t R1 schools."
"So, KCV is a public-private partnership of the Kentucky Cabinet of Economic Development and the nonprofit Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, and then leaning on Kentucky’s two R1 schools — UofL and the University of Kentucky — as the tech transfer support staff. KCV has a staff of three that coordinates the work. Through KCV, we support tech transfer in all 22 Kentucky institutions of higher education and training."