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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 6, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 10
Kristin Gray to Head APL's Technology Transfer Office


By Kristi Marren
Applied Physics Laboratory

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 cycle.

"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.


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