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Brent Edington
Director of Office of Commercialization

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

Ph.D. Molecular Genetics, University of Connecticut
Postdoctoral research in plant genetics and gene expression at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.
M.B.A. University of Colorado Denver

As Director of the Florida State University Office of Commercialization, Brent manages the commercialization efforts of technologies. Brent joined the FSU Office of Commercialization in 2013 as a Licensing Manager before being promoted to Director in 2015. Prior to joining the FSU Office of Commercialization, he worked at the University of Utah Technology Commercialization Office for nine years and served as the Director of Patents and Licensing at Old Dominion University. Brent’s background includes six startup companies, four of which he was a founder of and involved in initiating. The latest startup he helped establish, JSK Therapeutics, is an oncology drug development company for which he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.


Beverlyn Samuels
Program Manager

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
(850) 644-9318  |

B.S. Interior Design, Western Carolina University
Human Resource Certificate, George Washington University

As Program Manager, Beverlyn is responsible for performing and overseeing multiple office operations with a primary focus on project management, program and event planning, budget and financial management, statistical reporting, human resources and office initiatives. Prior to joining the Office of Commercialization, Beverlyn worked for many years in human resource management providing expertise in recruitment and employment law, project management, employee relations, performance management and process improvement serving both private and public sectors.


Abby Queale
Associate General Counsel
Senior Licensing Manager

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

B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida
M.S. Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida
J.D. Florida State University
Bar Admission:

  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Abby joined the Office of Commercialization in 2009 as a Technology Analyst before coming on board full time as a Licensing Manager in 2011. She has managed and licensed technologies ranging from pharmaceuticals to software. In 2015, Abby was promoted to Senior Licensing Manager and now manages technologies at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the High Performance Materials Institute, and in the areas of Education, Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts. Her research background includes the nondestructive inspection and corrosion of the aging F-14 fleet for the Naval Air Systems Command, studying the effects of oil and seawater mixtures on the corrosion of metal bearings, the selection and testing of ceramic materials for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engine, and the selection and testing of carbon-based nanofluids for heat transfer in nuclear reactors. Abby also provides legal counsel regarding intellectual property as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel.

NEW!: Tuesday Office hours 9am-5pm at NHMFL Room A339


Matthieu Dumont
Licensing Manager

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
(850) 644-1749  |

Ph.D. Inorganic chemistry, University of Florida
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Physics, University of Florida and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Joe E. Robert Pediatric Surgical Innovation Fellow, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC

Dr. Dumont obtains intellectual property rights, markets, and licenses FSU technologies. Before joining the Florida State Office of Commercialization team, Matthieu 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. Matthieu 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. Matthieu is a graduate from the NSF DC-Icorp program.


C. Robby Freeborn-Scott
Licensing Manager

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

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University
Bar Admission:

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

As a licensing manager, Robby obtains intellectual property rights and licenses technologies. His engineering expertise includes Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Mechanical Design, and Supersonic Jet Flow. Prior to joining the Florida State Office of Commercialization, Robby worked as a patent agent at a local law firm drafting patents and illustrations and routinely assisting clients in prototype design and functionality.

AME Office Hours, RM 224 Tuesdays 12:30 pm – 5 pm and Thursdays 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm


Julie Coiro
Administrative Associate

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

B.S. Chemistry, Florida State University

As the Administrative Associate to the Office of Commercialization, Julie is responsible for database management, compliance with IP granting agencies, preparation of IP legal documents, and financial tracking, as well as providing general assistance to the licensing team. Prior to joining the FSU Office of Commercialization, Julie worked for The Florida Bar, serving as data manager, certification specialist, and team lead.

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Ella Thomason
Business Specialist

(850) 644-1633  |

B.S. Business Administration, University of South Carolina

As Business Specialist, Ella supports commercialization efforts by managing the legal invoice process and correspondences on matters involving Intellectual Property legal documents. Prior to joining the FSU Office of Commercialization, Ella worked for many years in various roles supporting the accounting and business operations function in both public and private industry. 


Lawrence Tinker
Entrepreneur in Residence
Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research

(850) 645-8999  |

Dr. Lawrence Tinker is Entrepreneur in Residence for the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research and works with faculty and researchers within the universities and research institutions in North Florida to identify technologies that can be commercialized through startup companies. He has more than thirty years of experience working in both large and small organizations in R&D, product development, intellectual property development, licensing, and corporate management. Dr. Tinker has been president of two small organizations involved in commercialization of advanced technologies and also worked in large companies in research and management. Dr. Tinker earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin and is the author of twenty-four publications and holds numerous patents.


Larry Lynch
Program Consultant

Larry Lynch has several consulting roles in the FSU Office of Commercialization. He manages and runs our semi-annual GAP Competition where members of our research community compete for funding to advance their research projects towards commercialization. He heads up the team that annually produces and runs the “Discovery on Parade” event where the Tallahassee community has a chance to see and hear about the work being done by FSU research teams that someday may be commercial products and companies. And he acts as our liaison to the Local Business, Civic and Elected officials in our Tallahassee community. Before joining the FSU Commercialization Office in 2006 Larry spent 30 years as a sales executive with IBM working with Public Sector Customers in the State of Florida.