November 9 Nov 9
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Monday Mon

Working with Stanford Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) to Bridge the Innovation Gap

Stanford Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) has been collaboratively and strategically working with our researchers, Stanford’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and external partners for the past 50 years to successfully commercialize Stanford cutting-edge technologies for the benefit of the public. Sunita Rajdev, Senior Associate Director of Strategic Alliances, and Mona Wan, Associate Director of Licensing, will discuss the cycle of innovation and share the best practices for us to work together to maximize the impact of your technologies.

At this talk, they will cover:

  •  Invention evaluation and marketing process
  • IP and licensing strategy
  • Technology commercialization pathways including intellectual property (IP) licensing, strategic alliances, and industry sponsored research
  • Success stories and case studies


Recording is unavailable for this talk. You can download the speakers' presentation. 


Sunita Rajdev, PhD 

Sunita Rajdev is the Senior Associate Director of Strategic Alliances at OTL. As part of her responsibilities, Sunita collaboratively works with other Stanford groups to help create and manage strategic alliances with both non-profit and for-profit entities. Sunita also manages a portfolio of technologies in the life sciences field with the goal of commercialization through licensing, whether to established companies or to new ventures. Prior to her latest tenure at Stanford’s OTL since December 2019, Sunita held a variety of technology transfer positions at UCSF starting as a Licensing Officer in UCSF’s Office of Technology Management to Senior Associate Director with various responsibilities that included building significant research collaboration and licensing partnerships for UCSF. Sunita received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from University of Pittsburgh and completed her postdoctoral training at UCSF in the Department of Neurology. 

Mona Wan, MS, MBA 

Mona Wan is an Associate Director of Licensing at OTL and has been with the office for 14 years. At OTL she manages technologies in the life sciences, from evaluation through licensing. She is a member of the OTL Executive Committee responsible for shared governance of the office and co-leads the life sciences licensing team. Prior to her latest tenure at Stanford’s OTL, Mona worked as a consultant for a variety of life sciences companies in business development, IP and contracts management and project management. Some of her clients included Cellgate, Cyterix Pharmaceuticals, On-Q-ity, and Microsonic Systems. Mona received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT, M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford and MBA from Stanford.