In 2014 Brian became OSU’s first Assistant Vice President for Research, Commercialization and Industry Partnerships. In this role he leads a strategic priority of OSU, the OSU Advantage, to connect OSU resources with industry, entrepreneurs and investors. He also currently chairs the OSU Venture Development Fund Advisory Council, working collaboratively with the OSU Foundation to raise approximately $5M in gap funding and supporting 25+ projects inside and outside of OSU totaling over $3M in awards in the past five years.
Previously, he led the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD) at OSU as well as held numerous other roles since 2001. Brian is passionate about finding creative, proactive means to connect OSU research with commercial partners. He created OSU’s first equity policy, negotiated OSU’s first equity license, built a team whose agreements have quadrupled license revenue in the past ten years and another team who have completed agreements generating tens of millions in research, while forming deep and strategic connections with industry. He also co-developed and launched OSU’s Accelerator as its first Interim Co-Director, bringing ideas to market by connecting innovators and entrepreneurs to the resources they need for success. In 2013, Entrepreneur named Corvallis as one of the top five best cities for entrepreneurs, citing the OCCD as a driver.
Outside of OSU, he was employed with SeedStage, LLC, a small investment services firm in Austin, Texas that introduced high net worth individual investors, venture firms, and corporate investors to investment opportunities matching their profiles. He focused on business model, competitive and trend research; co-authored a venture investing quarterly report; and provided feedback on new company presentations. Brian holds an M.S. degree in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas, Austin, a program focused on the rapid transfer of research, knowledge and technology from ideas to the marketplace - the "entrepreneurial wealth creation" process.