Office of Technology Transfer and Commercial Development Staff

Harl R. Tolbert – Director, Technology Transfer

Harl Tolbert came to Roswell Park from the University of Rochester where he served as Associate Director of Biological Sciences in the Medical Center’s Office of Technology Transfer. He has extensive experience in licensing vaccines and therapeutics, and in developing and managing academic and industry collaborations.

Tolbert received his MS in Animal Sciences and his MBA from the University of Illinois and spent several years in the commercial sector working in sales and marketing at Abbott Labs in Chicago, Illinois, and later in the Business Development Group at Pierce Biotechnology in Rockford, Illinois. He then transitioned into academic technology transfer, serving as the Associate Director of Tulane University’s Office of Technology Transfer and Business Development. He held senior leadership roles in academic technology transfer offices at Rochester and Tulane University for ten years prior to coming to Roswell Park, and has devoted his entire career to the biotechnology development industry.


Patrick Emmerling, PhD, MBA – Senior Licensing Manager

Patrick Emmerling, PhD, MBA, joined the team at Roswell Park as Senior Licensing Manager in March 2015. In this role, Dr. Emmerling works closely with RPCI inventors to facilitate the disclosure of new innovations; to develop and execute appropriate patenting and marketing strategies; and to negotiate license agreements with established and/or start-up companies to enable successful commercialization. Prior to coming to Roswell Park, Dr. Emmerling worked for four years as a Licensing Manager at the University of Rochester where he managed a large and diverse portfolio of physical and biomedical technologies.

Dr. Emmerling earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross, his doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry from The State University of New York at Buffalo, and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester.


Kristen Castner – Intellectual Property Manager

Kristen E. Castner earned a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies (1999) and an Associate of Science in Paralegal (1997) from Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA.  Prior to joining Roswell Park in 2002, she spent 3 years in the corporate Intellectual Property Department at Corning Incorporated in Corning, NY, where she assisted staff attorneys in patent and trademark prosecution as well as IP litigation for the company’s Optical Communications Division.