Roswell Park Names New Director of Technology Transfer and Commercial Development

Patrick Emmerling, PhD, MBA, CLP, to lead department he joined 3 years ago
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Patrick Emmerling, PhD, MBA, CLP, has been promoted to Director of Technology Transfer and Commercial Development at Roswell Park.
    Patrick Emmerling, PhD, MBA, CLP, has been promoted to Director of Technology Transfer and Commercial Development at Roswell Park.
Dr. Emmerling joined Roswell Park as licensing manager in 2015
Focuses on supporting Roswell Park inventors, maximizing impact of their work
Holds MBA as well as doctorate in physical chemistry

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Patrick Emmerling, PhD, MBA, CLP, has been promoted to Director of Technology Transfer and Commercial Development at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. As leader of the department dedicated to supporting Roswell Park inventors and maximizing the impact of their work, he will collaborate with researchers and other colleagues to assess market opportunities, secure intellectual property protection, negotiate partnering and licensing agreements and assist in commercializing Roswell Park innovations.

Dr. Emmerling joined the cancer center in 2015 as Senior Licensing Manager and served as interim director of the department since January. In his new role, he will continue to work closely with Roswell Park inventors to facilitate the disclosure of new innovations; develop and execute appropriate patenting and marketing strategies; and negotiate license agreements with established and/or startup companies. Before 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.

“Patrick has contributed greatly to the progress of the Technology Transfer Office since he joined us in 2015, and he really stood out among the applicants for the position,” says Michael Sexton, Esq.,, Roswell Park General Counsel and Chief Operations Officer. “Our scientists, entrepreneurs and senior leadership team all value his guidance and expertise, and enjoy working with him.  We look forward to watching our tech-transfer program thrive under his direction.”

Dr. Emmerling holds a doctoral degree in physical chemistry from the University at Buffalo, a master of business administration degree from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester and a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross.

A native of Buffalo, he lives in Hamburg with his wife, Annie, and their three children.


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