Lita Nelsen is the Director of the Technology Licensing Office M.I.T, where she has been since 1986. This office manages over 600 new inventions per year, negotiating over 100 licenses per year, and helping to start 25 new startups.
Ms. Nelsen earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. and an M.S. in Management from M.I.T. as a Sloan Fellow.
Prior to joining the M.I.T. TLO she spent 20 years in industry, primarily in the fields of membrane separations, medical devices, and biotechnology.
Ms. Nelsen was the 1992 President of the Association of University Technology and was a founding board member of MIHR, an organization concerned with the use of IP in medical research for developing country diseases.
Ms. Nelsen is widely published in the field of technology transfer and university/industry collaborations. She is a co-founder of Praxis, the UK University Technology Transfer Training Programme for which she was made a Member of the British Empire.