Nestor E Franco

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Nestor E Franco

Senior Technology Commercialization Manager

Nestor Franco is a Senior Technology Commercialization Manager in the Office of Technology Transfer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) which is operated and managed by UT-Battelle, LLC.  He manages technologies originating from Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) and Material Science and Technology Division (MSTD).  Through a variety of initiatives e.g. translational funding, entrepreneurial training/support, and partnership & project management his role seeks and establishes technology-based partnerships with industry where companies, via a variety of mechanisms, acquire access to ORNL’s inventions and use these as the basis for new innovative products and services.

Before his arrival to ORNL Technology Transfer Office Nestor held technology licensing, and technology analyst positions at Johns Hopkins University where he was charged with licensing and marketing inventions from schools of medicine, and engineering that included medical devices, medical imaging, surgical robotics, software, and materials.  He also held Marketing and Business Development manager position at University of Miami where his role was to support licensing growth by identifying high quality licensee prospects and qualifying their interest in licensing University’s technologies.

With a combination of work experience, and academic training in science and business his goal is to support the development and commercialization of breakthrough innovations.  Nestor received a PhD in Chemistry from UCLA, and an MBA from University of Tennessee – Knoxville.