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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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Jenn Gerson
Business Manager

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
850-644-9318  |  jgerson@fsu.edu

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Michael Tentnowski
Senior Licensing Manager

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
850-645-2143  |  mtentnowski@fsu.edu

Mr. Tentnowski manages intellectual property emanating from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Applied Superconductivity Center, Center for Advanced Power Systems, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute, Earth Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences Department, Computer Science Department, Scientific Computing Department, Psychology Department, College of Education, School of Communications, and Campus Recreation.  Prior to joining FSU, Michael directed several technology incubators and has experience commercializing defense technologies with federal agencies and national laboratories.  His university work includes the Physical Science Institute at New Mexico State and with the Office of Intellectual Property Optimization at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Michael has extensive experience with the Small Business Innovation Research and Small business Technology Transfer Research (SBIR/STTR) program and has assisted numerous small businesses with winning Phase I / Phase II grants from federal agencies.  He has also completed several Train the Trainer courses including: Helping Potential SBIR/STTR Applicants and Fraud, Waste and Abuse Prevention.  Michael is available to assist the FSU community with SBIRs and STTRs, and holds seminars and workshops covering program basics, creating budgets, proposal writing, and more.

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory               

Office - A338 Hours: Thursdays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
or by appointment.

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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 - MRB 247: Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:30- 5:00 pm
or 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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Lindsay Eaton
Administrative Specialist

Dittmer Building, Suite 312
850-645-7217  |  leaton@fsu.edu