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leza besemann
Unit: 
Technology Commercialization

Leza is responsible for all approaches to promoting University of Minnesota technologies including online marketing, online licensing, and alternate licensing channels. She also manages the Minnesota Innovation Partnerships Program (MN-IP) and facilitates partnerships between businesses and University researchers.

Leza has more than a decade of experience in technology transfer. Prior to her role as senior marketing manager, she primarily worked with faculty and researchers to identify new innovations and managed the intellectual property protection process for those technologies.  

She has over seven years of experience in product marketing and product development. Before joining the University in 2006, Leza worked as a product manager (marketing) of process analytical technologies at Thermo Electron Corp., an analytical instrumentation company, where she worked with customers from a variety of manufacturing industries including pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and chemical.

Leza is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP). She has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and B.S. in chemistry from Binghamton University–State University of New York.