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Meet Our Team


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.


Matthieu Dumont
Senior 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.


Brittany Ferraro
Licensing Manager

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

M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of South Florida
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Brittany manages engineering and physical sciences technologies from disclosure through licensing and works with faculty and staff to commercialize inventions created at FSU. Prior to joining the FSU Office of Commercialization, Brittany most recently interned with the University of South Florida’s Technology Transfer Office in Tampa, FL. She has also served as a Technical Advisor at Turk IP Law, LLC and worked as an R&D Engineering Project Lead. In addition, Brittany has extensive international experience and designed and implemented a research program at South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China. Brittany has over five years research experience focusing on 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.

Office Hours:
Mondays and Thursdays 12:30- 5:00 pm, AME 229


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. 


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.