Lisa Cechetto

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Lisa joined Western as the Executive Director for WORLDiscoveries in 2014 and came with over ten years of patent and business development related experience. She has worked in both industry and academia and her most recent appointment was at Institut Pasteur Korea where she was the Director of Business Development and Intellectual Property. In this position she was responsible for the commercialization of the institute’s research inputs while balancing the interests of key stakeholders including government, faculty and third parties. Prior to this role, she worked as the Patent Manager and Project Leader at ARIUS Research Inc., a biotech company that was located in downtown Toronto and subsequently acquired by Roche. Lisa obtained her Honors Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and her Masters of Science from McMaster University. She also obtained dual executive MBA degrees from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University and Sungkyunkwan University. At WORLDiscoveries, Lisa led the team to a >doubling in the number of licensed and options signed per year, a >50% increase in active licenses and a 75% increase in timely assessment rates. She also initiated/expended upon 7 new programs that ensures WORLDiscoveries remains a top revenue generating technology transfer office in Canada. in 2020 Lisa joined Western Research as Executive Director and supports and leads the development and implementation of strategic plans to advance institutional objectives regarding research.