Wayne E. Swann

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Title: 
Director, Office of Technology Transfer
Office Location: 
Earl S. Richardson Library, Suite 207-I
Phone: 
443-885-2758
Email: 
wayne.swann@morgan.edu

As the Director of Technology Transfer, Wayne brings over 45 years of experience as a researcher, technology transfer professional and entrepreneur. He uses his skills and experience to provide strategic vision to position the office to foster innovation, economic development and generate revenue streams from licensing of intellectual property developed by faculty, staff and students at Morgan. Wayne's guidance facilitates and oversees the process of technology transfer at Morgan, including assessment, patent protection, licenses, commercialization of innovations, and start-up companies.

In his 20+ years of university technology transfer experience, he was the founding director of the technology transfer offices at the University of Maryland, College Park (1986-1999) and the Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory (1999-2007). During his tenure in the university technology transfer arena he: was responsible for the management of over 1,600 inventions; executed over 500 technology transfer agreements; facilitated 25 university start-up companies; and generated over $40 million in total income.

Prior to 1986, Mr. Swann spent 14 years in the commercial sector as a researcher. As a result of his research in bioreactors, he was awarded ten U.S. patents and is author on various publications. As a partner/investor in two technology based start-up companies, he has secured capital investments; negotiated contract manufacturing and distribution agreements; and developed seven new consumer products sold in U.S. retail stores, and through on-line storefronts including Amazon ®.

Mr. Swann has been a course developer and instructor in innovation, entrepreneurship and technology management for ten years at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences from Towson University and has been a member of the Association of University Technology Managers and Licensing Executive Society. Mr. Swann has served as a consultant to for-profit and non-profit organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution, and served on many councils and boards, including the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).