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

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
(850) 645-5753  |  bedington@fsu.edu

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.

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Vicki Wooldridge
Program Manager

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
(850) 644-9318  |  vwooldridge@fsu.edu

Working closely with the Director, Ms. Wooldridge oversees the daily administration of the Office of Commercialization including business affairs, budget & accounting, project & data management, event planning, and human resources as the Program Manager. Prior to joining the office in 2019, she had a successful 25-year career as a Chief Legislative Aide and lobbyist with the Florida State Legislature. Most recently, Ms. Wooldridge served eleven years as the Director of Government Affairs for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, acting as the liaison between the Authority and local, state and federal governments officials. 

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Matthieu Dumont, Ph.D.
Senior Licensing Manager

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
(850) 644-1749  |  mfdumont@fsu.edu

Dr. Dumont received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Florida where he studied nanoscale magnetism and magnetic resonance imaging in collaboration with the Physics Department, the Physiology & Functional Genomics Department, and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

Dr. Dumont oversees technology transfer at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) and other FSU academic centers. He obtains intellectual property rights, markets, and licenses FSU technologies. Before joining the Florida State Office of Commercialization team, Dr. Dumont most recently worked as a medical device development consultant with the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation in Washington, DC. Prior, he worked as a Technical Advisor for Maier and Maier PLLC, a patent law firm in Alexandria, Virginia. He has over ten years of research and development experience in chemistry, nanotechnology, material science, and biomedical engineering. His work on nanotechnology and smart materials yielded multiple publications and received numerous awards. Dr. Dumont is a graduate of the NSF DC-Icorp program.

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Brittany Ferraro, M.S.
Licensing Manager

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
(850) 645-0048  |  bferraro@fsu.edu

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  |  gedmunds@fsu.edu

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  |  jtailer@fsu.edu

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  |  ethomason@fsu.edu