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Catalyst Factors in Successful Tech Transfer: MIT's Experience

Venue:Connie Fan multi-media conference room (4/F, Cheng Yick Chi Bldg, CityU)
Admission:Free of charge

Catalyst Factors in Successful Tech Transfer – MIT’s Experience

You are cordially invited to join the sharing seminar entitled “Catalyst Factors in Successful Tech Transfer – MIT’s Experience” to be held at CityU. The event is supported by the Institute for Entrepreneurship of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as our co-organizer. We are honoured to have invited industry veteran Ms Lita L. Nelsen from M.I.T. as the speaker on this occasion to share her valuable experience with the audience.


5 November 2015 (Thu)


9:45 am to 12:00 pm


Connie Fan Multi-Media Conference Room

(4/F, Cheng Yick-Chi Building, City University of Hong Kong)




Ms Lita L. Nelsen, Director of Technology Licensing Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Mr David Ai, Director of Knowledge Transfer Office, City University of Hong Kong

09:45 - 10:30 :     Registration & light refreshment
0:30 - 11:10 :     Fireside chat on challenges of tech transfer with Ms Nelsen
1:10 - 12:00 :     Discussion and Q&A 

About the Speaker
Ms Lita L. Nelsen, is the Director of the Technology Licensing Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she has been since 1986.  This office manages over 600 new inventions per year from M.I.T. and Lincoln Laboratory.  Typically, they negotiate over 100 licenses, and start up over 25 new companies per year.

Prior to joining the M.I.T. Technology Licensing Office, Ms. Nelsen spent 20 years in industry, primarily in the fields of membrane separations, medical devices, and biotechnology. She was the 1992 President of the Association of University Technology Managers. She was also a founding board member of MIHR, an organization concerned with the use of IP in research.  She is also a Board Member of the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation and a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine.

Ms. Nelsen is widely published in the field of technology transfer and university/industry collaborations and was a CMI Fellow at the University of Cambridge with the Cambridge MIT Institute studying university/industry/government partnerships in technology transfer and local economic development. She is a co-founder of Praxis, the UK University Technology Transfer Training Programme for which she was made a Member of the British Empire.

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About the Facilitator

Mr David Ai, Director of CityU’s Knowledge Transfer Office and Co-founder of IIPCC HK Chapter, has extensive experience in technology licensing, business incubation, marketing and consulting. Before joining CityU, Mr Ai was Senior Licensing Associate with the Office of Technology Licensing of Stanford University. A versatile technology entrepreneur, Mr Ai held senior positions in various major corporations and startups. Before working at Stanford, he was Chief Advisor of Hitachi Corporate VC, Executive Vice-President of SUNeVision Ventures, and CEO of WebJK, a company he co-founded. He was also Vice-President of Varian Medical Systems, an NYSE listed company in cancer equipment, Vice-President of Cirque Corporation, and Project Manager of Hewlett-Packard.

He received a Bachelor degree in psychology from the National Taiwan University, an MSc in computer science from Indiana University, an MBA from Stanford University, and a JD from Santa Clara University.  Mr. Ai is a registered patent attorney in California.

Seats will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Interested parties please register online at:  or email: by 3 November 2015. For enquiries, please contact Ms Maggie Mak (Tel: 852 3442-6821, 

Contact Information
Ms. Maggie Mak
Tel: (852) 3442 6821