Brian is OSU’s Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact. In this role he oversees the OSU Advantage initiative, a leading resource and steward for creating a strategic innovation economy in Oregon and beyond. He provides strategic leadership and directs operational oversight for innovation and entrepreneurship, intellectual property licensing and corporate agreements for Oregon State University’s research enterprise.
Brian also chairs the OSU Venture Development Fund Advisory Council. Over the past nine years, he has worked collaboratively with the OSU Foundation to raise over $6M in gap funding and supported 35+ projects inside and outside of OSU.
Previously, he led the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD) at OSU as well as held numerous other roles since 2001. 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, implementing national best practices throughout the office. 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.
Brian has a passion for maximizing OSU’s innovation and economic impact through educational programs, startup commercialization and industry engagement.