Leza connects faculty and researchers with companies to create win-win research partnerships. She is a matchmaker, navigator, and innovator with intellectual property, licensing, business development, and marketing expertise.
Leza has more than 15 years of experience in technology transfer, including assessing innovations, developing intellectual property (IP) protection strategies, negotiating IP terms in research agreements, and technology marketing. Through her experiences at university tech transfer offices in Australia and England, Leza brings an international perspective and new ideas to her work.
Before joining the University, Leza was a global product manager (marketing) for process analytical technologies at Thermo Electron Corporation, an analytical instrumentation company. She worked with customers in many 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 a B.S. in chemistry from Binghamton University.