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Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization

The Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization provides guidance to Children’s Mercy staff on intellectual property and technology commercialization matters. It identifies, evaluates, protects, markets, negotiates licensing and collaborative agreements for Children’s Mercy innovations for commercial development for delivery to society. The office engages in educational activities to help Children’s Mercy innovators better understand the interplay between research and intellectual property. We encourage Children’s Mercy staff to contact us whenever it seems that their investigations are on a path toward an innovation for which further development and delivery to society requires intellectual property protection or collaborations with industry.

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A headshot of Aswini Betha, PhD, CLP

Aswini Betha, PhD, CLP
Director of Commercialization

Aswini Betha is the Director of Commercialization at Children’s Mercy Hospital with over seventeen years of experience in academic technology transfer, licensing, and industry partnerships.  Prior to joining Children’s Mercy, Aswini served as the Director of Licensing of University of Kansas (KU) Center for Technology Commercialization.  During his time at KU, Aswini led the licensing team and oversaw the management of technology evaluation, faculty education, intellectual property protection, marketing, and licensing innovations.  Aswini earned his PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Houston, holds a Master of Science degree in Human Genetics from Andhra University, India, and a Certificate of Business Administration from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and he is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).  Aswini also previously worked as a Commercialization Analyst in the Office of Technology Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Aswini is an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and has been serving on the AUTM Central region planning committee.

Senior Commercialization Manager