Jon Soderstrom, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Yale University OCR
A.B. Hope College;
Ph.D. Northwestern University
Yale University (Director, Office of Cooperative Research, Yale School of Medicine);
Lockheed Martin Energy Systems Corporation (Director, Program Development; Office of Technology Transfer, Director, Technology Commercialization);
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Energy Division, Technology Transfer Research Group Leader; Social Impact Analysis Group, Research Staff)
Current Directorships: PhytoCeutica, Iconic Therapeutics, National Center Genome Resources, and Kollltan Pharmaceuticals.
OCR Responsibilities: Manages the Yale University Office of Cooperative Research.
Office of Cooperative Research
433 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06511
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Jon Soderstrom, Ph.D.
Jon Soderstrom is currently the Managing Director of the Office of Cooperative Research at Yale University. The Office is responsible for commercializing inventions resulting from Yale’s scientific research including patent license agreements and the formation of new business ventures.
Since joining the Office in 1996, he has participated in the formation of more than 25 new ventures including polyGenomics, Molecular Staging (acquired by Qiagen), Agilix, Asilas Genomic Systems, Achillion Pharmaceuticals (NASQ: ACHN), PhytoCeutica, Protometrix (acquired by Invitrogen), Iconic Therapeutics, Applied Spine Technologies, HistoRx, VaxInnate, Affomix and Kolltan Pharmaceuticals. Collectively, these companies have raised over $500 million in professional venture capital.
Prior to this position, Dr. Soderstrom was the Director of Program Development for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) after serving for ten years as Director of Technology Licensing for Martin Marietta Energy Systems. In the Office of Technology Transfer, he directed a group of ten professionals responsible for negotiating licenses and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs).
Dr. Soderstrom was a founding board member and past president of the Association of Federal Technology Transfer Executives as well as a member of the Licensing Executive Society and Association of University Technology Managers where he was the 2008 President, has served as Vice President for Public Policy and a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is frequently asked to lecture and teach seminars on various aspects of the technology transfer process and economic development both within the United States and abroad. He has testified before Congress on technology transfer issues and served as an expert witness in patent infringement litigation.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr. Soderstrom was honored as the 87th "Point of Light" by President George H. W. Bush in March of 1990 for his volunteer activities helping to construct and rehabilitate low-income housing in East Tennessee.
Dr. Soderstrom received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1980 and his B.A. from Hope College in 1976.