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Wayne Hawthorne

Senior Licensing Manager, Case Western Reserve University

Mr. Hawthorne is a Senior Licensing Manager in the Office of Technology
Transfer at Case Western Reserve University. His activities focus on
identifying new and cutting-edge technologies for commercialization
through licensing and new company formation. He primarily facilitates
these commercialization activities for the technologies and discoveries that
come from the School of Biomedical Engineering. He has been involved in
over 15 company formations of technologies ranging from point-of-care
testing devices to neuromodulation systems to medical imaging computer aided diagnostic software technologies.

Mr. Hawthorne has over 22 years of experience in technology commercialization and business development, and almost 43 years of total experience in medical devices, instrumentation, and medical information technologies. Mr. Hawthorne has taken a “hands on” approach, working directly with researchers, clinicians, engineers and other technicians over his career. Main career highlights include a broad business development and technology commercialization background including intellectual protection strategies, partnerships and collaborations, license negotiations, and commercialization training programs such as I-Corps and PI bootcamp. He has worked at several universities, various federal and state government agencies, and in the private sector throughout his long career. He serves as a mentor for several undergraduate and graduate students on various technical and commercialization projects.

Since coming to Case Western Reserve University, Mr. Hawthorne has been involved in the start-up of twelve companies and serves on their Board of Directors on ten of them. In addition, he is actively involved in two translational research programs that fosters commercialization through licensing and new start-up formation. Prior to coming to Case Western Reserve University, he worked the Technology Transfer Offices at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio University. His education includes Bachelors and Master’s degrees in both engineering and business. He is a member of AUTM and LES and has participated on several discussion panels throughout the commercialization industry.