OTC Fellows

The OTC offers experiential learning and a work opportunity to qualified graduate and undergraduate students, and postdocs. OTC Fellows work closely with the OTC on a part-time basis to enhance the OTC’s understanding of the commercial potential of UK technologies, and to assist with the commercialization process. In turn, Fellows gain in-depth and real-world experience working on early-stage technology assessments, writing technology summaries and preparing deal pitch materials for marketing campaigns, among other duties. For information on the OTC Fellows program, please contact our OTC Fellows coordinator.

 

OTC Fellows Program Student Information 

The Office of Technology Commercialization is looking for promising undergraduate students (90+ hours), full-time graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars with a clinical, scientific, technical, business or law background. The presentation is available for download.

OTC Fellows Student Information Session Presentation (pdf, 18pgs)

Participation in the OTC Fellows Program will provide you with:

  • A valuable practical introduction to the fields of intellectual property, technology commercialization, business development and marketing
  • An expanded network of contacts through exclusive events with outside experts, through interactions with OTC's highly experienced professional staff, and through connecting with researchers across campus
  • Marketable skills for alternative careers such as technology transfer, patent law, entrepreneurship/startups, business development, regulatory and medical affairs and management consulting
  • Compensation for your time           

Apply to be an OTC Fellow

Apply for a position as an OTC Fellow through the UKJobs

Where Are They Now?

Marion Coe, Ph.D.

Marion Coe, Ph.D.
OTC Fellow: 2018
Scientist, Pinney Associates, Inc

  1. Describe your current role
    I support various pharmaceutical clients at many stages in the drug development process – by evaluating available data for the potential acquisition of a new drug, crafting clinical development plans to aid pharmaceutical companies in their strategic development goals, engaging with FDA on behalf of clients, and executing post-marketing surveillance plans to assess unintended effects of drugs after their approval by FDA. 
  2. Did being an OTC Fellow change your career trajectory? If so, how?
    The OTC Fellowship no doubt enhanced my resume, and during interviews, it was the most frequently asked-about position.
  3. How did being an OTC Fellow help you with your current job?
    Creating summary documents and conducting market research for UK technologies for potential out-licensing provided a useful foundation for competitive intelligence and asset acquisition research I am currently engaged in.

"As an OTC Fellow, I loved 'being close to the action.' A wealth of excellent research is conducted daily, but without a dedicated group of people who disseminate that research and go through the complicated process of developing a tangible product, that research might never benefit the public. Having an opportunity to get UK-developed technologies into the hands of companies and people who were in a position to translate them into public-benefiting goods and services was extremely rewarding. It solidified my desire to eventually be someone who could help turn research into medicine." --Marion Coe

Stephanie Davis, Ph.D.

Stephanie Davis, Ph.D.
OTC Fellow: January-July 2019
Program Manager, National Institute on Aging (NIA) Office of Small Business Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  1. Describe your current role:
    I currently work as a program manager at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Office of Small Business Research. Our office manages the small business innovation research (SBIR) and small business tech transfer (STTR) programs, which provide grants for a small biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, and health IT companies who are developing new technologies that relate to Alzheimer’s Disease and other diseases of aging. We also run several entrepreneurial-focused programs that help NIH investigators and small business owners bring their technologies from the bench to the market.
  2. Did being an OTC Fellow change your career trajectory?
    If so, how? I did my OTC Fellowship for less time than most fellows did; I was slated to leave UK in July 2019 when my postdoctoral contract was up. However, I am incredibly grateful that I had the chance to work at the OTC because when I was interviewing with my current fellowship placement, I specifically sought out positions focused on the intersection between policy/government and entrepreneurship. I’m not sure if I would have developed as strong of an interest in this field if I had not had the chance to be an OTC Fellow, so I would say it helped change my career path for the better. 
  3. How did being an OTC Fellow help you with your current job?
    Being an OTC Fellow allowed me to work very closely with budding entrepreneurs, and that is something I do very frequently in my current position. Also, performing market assessments allowed me to critically examine the commercialization potential of new technologies. Since my current job requires me to give feedback to small business grant applicants and educate them on how to put together a strong proposal, I have learned to apply these same critical skills in my new job.

“I am not exaggerating when I say that being an OTC Fellow was a critical experience that helped me get where I am today. I highly recommend that any STEM students and postdocs who want to broaden their transferable skills and learn more about how research is commercialized apply for this program.”  --Stephanie Davis

Kendra Stenzel, Ph.D.

Kendra Stenzel, Ph.D.
OTC Fellow: August 2017 - July 2018
Research Network Coordinator, Kentucky Network for Innovation and Commercialization (KYNETIC), University of Kentucky

  1. Did being an OTC Fellow change your career trajectory? If so, how? Absolutely. I already knew that I wanted to stay at the forefront of science, but not necessarily be in the lab. Being a fellow opened my eyes to how I could apply my experience as a scientist in a creative manner to continue to accelerate scientific discoveries.
  2. How did being an OTC Fellow help you with your current job? It introduced me to the commercialization process and helped me network with the tech transfer office as well as investigators on campus. My time as a fellow opened the door to other opportunities to expand upon my skillset once my fellowship ended, which ultimately led to my current job.

“During school, I was always torn between having a love for science but also having a business-like mind. Being an OTC Fellow showed me a way to combine science and business. Every day increased the breadth of my knowledge in several different areas in science and I had the unique opportunity to keeps tabs on these new discoveries. It was hard work, but something I truly enjoyed each and every day. --Kendra Stenzel

Austin Weiss

Austin Weiss
OTC Fellow: June 2018-June 2019
Sr Product Application Specialist, Syngenta

 

  1. Describe your current role
    I work in a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers that work to bridge the gap between growers and our R&D chemists in the development of formulated pesticides. It’s my job to conduct research and test products in the pipeline to ensure compatibility with agricultural equipment, varying chemical inputs, and emerging technologies. In the lab, I study application efficacy, characterize spray quality, and ways to minimize spray drift as a few examples. I also look for opportunities to innovate and create partnerships with companies varying in size from startups to divisions of large corporations.
  2. Did being an OTC Fellow change your career trajectory? If so, how?
    I always had an interest in R&D but, it was a great boost to get me to where I was going. It was an amazing opportunity to learn about IP commercialization that I otherwise wouldn’t have had by just taking engineering courses. It also made me very competitive when applying for the job I currently have.
  3. How did being an OTC Fellow help you with your current job?
    It taught me valuable skills and perspectives that are useful for R&D work in the industry, such as how to read a patent to find the required information. I also learned a lot about the commercialization process for new technologies, how to do marketing research and materials, and the value in creating partnerships and a network to name a few.

“My time as an OTC fellow made me better equipped and competitive for a career in R&D.” --Austin Weiss