Jon Soderstrom, Ph.D.
Jon Soderstrom, Ph.D., is the Managing Director of the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) at Yale University which is responsible for developing and executing commercialization strategies for inventions created by Yale’s faculty research. OCR negotiates patent license agreements, research partnerships with corporations and the formation of venture capital-financed startup companies.
Since joining the Office in 1996, OCR has helped to form more than 60 new ventures including Achillion Pharmaceuticals (NASQ: ACHN), Affomix, Agilix, Applied Spine Technologies, Arvinas, HistoRx (acquired by Genoptix), Iconic Therapeutics, Kolltan Pharmaceuticals, Molecular Staging (acquired by Qiagen), PhytoCeutica (acquired by Kadmon), Proteolix (acquired by Onyx Pharmaceuticals), Protometrix (acquired by Invitrogen) and VaxInnate. Collectively, these companies have raised over $700 million in professional venture capital.
In 2007, OCR created the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) to help undergraduate, graduate and professional school students at Yale start scalable new ventures. Seventy-five new ventures have been formed from YEI that have raised over $79 million in investment capital.
Jon 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 served as President in 2008 and as Vice President for Public Policy and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors from 2003 – 2005.
He was honored as the 87th “Point of Light” by President George H. W. Bush in March 1990 for volunteer work with low-income families in East Tennessee and was the recipient of the 2014 Bayh-Dole Award for his efforts to foster and promote intellectual property activities.
Jon is frequently asked to lecture and teach seminars on various aspects of the technology commercialization process and economic development both within the United States and abroad. He testified before Congress on technology transfer issues and served as an expert witness in patent infringement litigation.
Jon holds an A.B. from Hope College and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.