Senior Director, Technology Transfer
In his current role, Dr. Watson manages the licensing, commercialization, intellectual property protection, and industry collaborations aspects of the department. He is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the office and technology transfer staff as well as having significant input into preparation and management of departmental budgets. He is also involved in developing and implementing university policies, providing leadership in developing strategies for corporate collaborations, and serves as an OHSU spokesperson for matters relating to intellectual property, commercialization and economic impact of OHSU research. He has authored several scientific publications and technology transfer articles, and also been an invited speaker at both scientific and technology transfer conferences. He is a Certified Licensing Professional through the Licensing Executives Society. Dr. Watson is an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers, the Licensing Executives Society, and the Oregon Bioscience Association.
Previously, Dr. Watson served as a Technology Development Officer in the Office of Technology Development at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego and in technology transfer roles with Health Research Inc. and the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc., in New York. He came to OHSU in 2007 as a Technology Development Manager before being promoted to Director in 2012.
Dr. Watson received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a research emphasis in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from the State University of New York at Albany in New York. Outside of OHSU Technology Transfer, Dr. Watson enjoys time with his family including his two energetic children, is an avid camper and kayaker, and is a sports junkie. He is an Eagle Scout and is currently a leader for a local Cub Scout Pack.