Kristin Gray has been named head of the Office of
Technology Transfer at the
Applied Physics Laboratory. She succeeds Wayne Swann,
the office's first director, who recently stepped down in
preparation for retirement early next year.
Gray is part of the team that helped Swann establish
the Office of Technology Transfer in 1999. Since that time,
the office totals reflect 906 inventions disclosed and 179
U.S. patents issued; in addition, the office has filed
1,120 U.S. patent applications, executed 175 license
agreements and created 16 new companies, many of which
reside within Howard County, where APL is located. These
undertakings have brought in more than $26 million in
licensing and related research and development income,
which is shared among inventors, their departments, the APL
Development Fund and Johns Hopkins to help further research
and development and continue the technology transfer
"APL has a wealth of quality technologies in a broad
spectrum of physical and information science disciplines,"
Gray said. "Our office helps APL staff transfer
technologies developed here to business and industry to
benefit the public, foster economic development and benefit
The Johns Hopkins University," she said. "We've been quite
successful under Wayne's leadership, and I look forward to
building on the foundation he created."
Prior to her recent appointment, Gray was the Lab's
assistant director for technology transfer. She previously
had worked at the University of Maryland's technology
transfer office for eight years.
"Kristin is a technology transfer expert with 15 years
of experience in the field," Swann said. "I know she'll
bring a fresh perspective to our program, and I'm certain
it will grow under her stewardship."
Gray is a member of the Licensing Executives Society
and the Association of University Technology Managers. In
2004 she was recognized by The Baltimore Business
Journal as a "Top 40 Under 40" community business
leader contributing to Maryland's economic development. She
holds a bachelor's degree in sociology-based human
relations from Connecticut College.