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Meet Our Team


Brent Edington, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Commercialization

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
(850) 645-5753  |

Dr. Edington has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Molecular Genetics and postdoctoral research experience in plant genetics and gene expression at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.  He also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado Denver.

Dr. Edington joined Florida State University Office of Commercialization in September of 2013. His principle responsibilities involve management of the Office of Commercialization which is responsible for the commercialization of Intellectual Property developed at Florida State University. He was a Licensing Manager and Associate Director at the University of Utah Technology Commercialization Office and the Director of Patents and Licensing at Old Dominion University before coming to Florida State University.  His experience includes six startup companies, four of which he was a founder. Dr. Edington has held various positions of responsibility in startup companies including the positions of Research Group Leader, Director, COO, and CFO.


Program Manager

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Senior Licensing Manager

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Brittany Ferraro, M.S.
Licensing Manager

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
(850) 645-0048  |

Ms. Ferraro earned her M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of South Florida and her B.S. in biomedical engineering with a concentration in biomaterials from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Ms. Ferraro manages engineering and physical sciences technologies from disclosure through licensing and works with faculty and staff to commercialize inventions created at FSU. Before joining the FSU Office of Commercialization team, she served as a Technical Advisor at Turk IP Law, LLC and worked as an R&D Engineering Project Lead for both a startup and large corporation. Ms. Ferraro has over five years research experience focusing on tunable mechanical properties of drug-loaded nanofibers for soft tissue repair and RNA oligonucleotide synthesis with various catalysts from early earth, the latter of which was in collaboration with NASA and earned first place in research presentations. In addition, Ms. Ferraro has extensive international experience and designed and implemented both English and business courses at South China Normal University International Business College in Guangzhou, China.

College of Engineering Office Hours:
Mondays and Thursdays 12:30- 5:00 pm, MRB 247
And by appointment.

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Garrett Edmunds
Licensing Manager

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
(850) 645-9899  |

Mr. Edmunds manages Intellectual Property and commercialization activities associated with Chemistry & Biochemistry, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Statistics, and Physics. Prior to joining the Office of Commercialization, he interned with the Office of Technology Licensing & Commercialization at Georgia State University. He has a background in graduate level organic synthesis and biochemistry research.

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Jessica Tailer
Administrative Associate

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
(850) 645-7217  |

Ms. Tailer received her Bachelor of Arts in Business from Covenant College and her Masters of Business Administration from Florida State University. In both degrees she has a specialization in marketing.

As the Administrative Associate to the Office of Commercialization, Ms. Tailer is responsible for database management, compliance with IP granting agencies, processing invention disclosure forms, and preparation of IP legal documents. She also provides administrative support to the licensing team. Prior to joining the FSU Office of Commercialization, Ms. Tailer worked for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration’s legal department providing administrative support for compliance, licensure, and data management.

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Ella Thomason
Business Specialist

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
(850) 644-1633  |