The Office for Research is excited to announce that Rutgers Associate Vice President of Innovation Ventures Tatiana Litvin-Vechnyak has been elected to the AUTM Board of Directors. She will begin her three-year term on February 22, 2023, at the conclusion of AUTM’s annual meeting.

Litvin-Vechnyak is an experienced technology transfer professional and leads the Office for Research’s Innovation Venture team, the technology transfer office for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She has nearly 20 years of experience in Intellectual Property (IP) management and more than ten years overseeing patenting and licensing-related activities at Rutgers and other academic institutions. Litvin-Vechnyak has been a member of AUTM for several years.

“We are very proud of Tatiana for her selection to the AUTM Board of Directors as well as her incredible leadership as the head of Innovation Ventures,” said Michael E. Zwick, Senior Vice President for Research. “On a personal note, having collaborated with her for over a year now, I know that she will be an invaluable member of the AUTM board and help lead the organization to new heights.”

“The lineup of candidates was phenomenal this year, and it’s a privilege to be among this amazing group of leaders and professionals who will be on the Board of Directors,” said Litvin-Vechnyak. “AUTM is critical to supporting the mission of technology transfer and partnerships between industry and academic institutions. This organization is inspirational, educational, and transformational, and it will be an honor to serve on its Board.”

As a member of the AUTM Board of Directors, Litvin-Vechnyak will help set the strategic direction of the organization, working alongside fellow new directors Megan Aanstoos (Licensing & New Ventures Manager – Kentucky Commercialization Ventures), Sadhana Chitale (Senior Director of Life Sciences/Technology Transfer – New York University), Daniel Dardani (Director of Physical Sciences and Digital Innovations Licensing and Corporate Alliances – Duke University), and Becky Hernandez (Director for Operations, Patents and Compliance – California Institute of Technology).

An international non-profit organization, AUTM is focused on supporting and advancing technology transfer worldwide, with over 3,000 members representing universities, research centers, hospitals, business, and government organizations around the globe.

Read the official AUTM release announcing the new Board members here.