ABOUT THE STAFF

Our mission is to bridge Stony Brook innovation with public benefit in partnership with SBU inventors and the business community. By successfully commercializing innovative discoveries into new products and services, we enhance well-being, return economic benefit to the university community, and strengthen the long-term vitality of our innovation ecosystem.

Peter Donnelly

Peter joined OTLIR in 2013 as the Director and works with the team to realize the potential of SBU faculty and staff innovation. Prior to joining Stony Brook, he held similar roles at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Iowa, where he was also adjunct MBA faculty in innovation.

Earlier, Peter led the innovation and product development consulting practice for Accenture in China. As an entrepreneur, he has been founder and CEO of two venture capital backed startups. Peter gained early professional development with Intel and The Boston Consulting Group.

He has an MS in Biotechnology and MBA from the Johns Hopkins University.

Maureen Case

As a Senior Administrative Assistant, Maureen works alongside and supports the Director, Assistant Directors and staff within the Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Relations. She identifies and implements strategies to help the office most effectively support the Research Foundation of SUNY at Stony Brook’s technology transfer goals. Maureen joined the office in 2015.

Maureen received her BA from Stony Brook University in 2014 with a multidisciplinary degree with concentrations in the areas of history, psychology and philosophy.

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Donna Tumminello, BSEE, MBA

Donna has over 20 years of experience in project management both in industry and academia. She was a project manager for Long Island Lighting Company’s Long Island Energy Research and Development Initiative, a $30M corporate research and development program. She is currently an Assistant Director in the Office of Technology Licensing for Stony Brook University where she is responsible for coordinating intellectual property management and technology transfer activities for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Over the last 20 years Donna has managed many diverse research project teams and promoted business development and start-up activities. She also successfully started a new business venture for KeySpan Energy designing, manufacturing, and selling wireless metering control solutions to the Electric, Gas, Water, and Telecommunications Industries. Her new venture generated over $2M in annual product sales revenue.

Donna is also an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University. She teaches courses in Intellectual Property, Project Management, and Engineering Entrepreneurship.

Sean Boykevisch, PhD

Sean is an Assistant Director at Stony Brook University’s Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Relations (OTLIR). He leads the life science licensing team in overseeing Stony Brook’s life science technology portfolio, where he manages the identification, vetting, IP protection, and out-licensing of new and existing technologies in the life sciences. To this end, his responsibilities include opportunity identification, collaboration development, IP management, license negotiation, license drafting and alliance management.

Sean began his career in the OTLIR in 2008 as a Licensing Associate and has since held positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining the OTLIR, he was a Manager of Business Development at the Center for Biotechnology, a New York Center for Advanced Technology, where he was responsible for facilitating a number of industry/academic collaborations, as well as co-managing the Center’s Technology Development fund, and developing commercialization strategies for early stage technology.

Sean received his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Stony Brook University in 2006.

Sammy George Duncan, Jr., PhD, JD

Sam brings over two decades of experience in both obtaining and licensing intellectual property to his role as Assistant Director for Intellectual Property and Risk Management in Stony Brook University’s Office of Technology Licensing & Industry Relations (OTLIR).

Before joining OTLIR in 2018, Sam split his legal career between the private practice of law and as in-house counsel in the pharmaceutical industry. His legal experience covers the full spectrum of the chemical arts from small-molecule pharmaceuticals to polymers to consumer goods. Sam supported his clients’ needs in both the obtaining and management of intellectual property portfolios.

Sam attended Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science and received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. Subsequently, Sam received his Master of Science while working in the laboratories of Professor George Majetich at The University of Georgia and his Doctor of Philosophy while working in the laboratories of Professor John Huffman at Clemson University. Sam received his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University, School of Law’s evening division while working for a major intellectual property boutique.

Valery Matthys, PhD

As a Licensing Specialist, Valery works closely with Stony Brook University’s faculty members to protect and commercialize their innovations. Her focus is on Life Sciences technologies.

Prior to joining the Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Relations in 2014, Valery worked as a Technology Commercialization Fellow at the Center for Biotechnology and held post-doctoral positions in virology and stem cell biology labs at Stony Brook University.

Valery received her PhD in Molecular Biology from the Genetics Program at Stony Brook University in 2009.

Anupam Jhingran, PhD

Anupam joined the Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Relations (OTLIR) as a Licensing Specialist in 2016. In this position, he manages diverse portfolio of technologies including pharmaceuticals, biotech, diagnostics, medical devices and research tools from their initial disclosure through IP prosecution, marketing and execution of license agreement.

Prior to joining OTLIR, Anupam was a research scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY where he studied immunology of fungal infections and developed a novel technology (Fluorescent Aspergillus Reporter strain, FLARE) to quantify and visualize host-pathogen interaction in vivo.

Anupam received his doctorate in infectious diseases and MS in Biomedical Sciences from Delhi, India. He is a member of Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

Linda Galvin, MBA

Linda is a Financial Manager for the Research Foundation of SUNY at Stony Brook. She is a member of the Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Relations, Operations & Finance unit.

Linda stepped into her current role in August 2012. She originally joined our office in September 2006 as a Senior Administrative Assistant. Prior to working here, Linda spent ten years in the Banking Industry’s, Internal Audit and Controller’s Division providing support to accounting system implementation projects.

Linda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration - Finance, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989. She received her Master of Business Administration - Banking & Finance from Dowling College in 1996.

She volunteers as the Treasurer for the National Academy of Inventor’s - Stony Brook Chapter and is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). She was a co-presenter for AUTM classes related to Financial Administration, Budgeting, Forecasting and Post Contract Administration.

Debi Passariello

Debi joined Stony Brook in 2001 as an Administrative Assistant, to the Assistant Dean of Marine Sciences. In 2007, with ten years of prior financial experience, Debi joined the Office of Technology Licensing & Industry Relations, Operations & Finance unit as a Accounts Receivable Financial Assistant. This position includes managing the Accounts Receivable database, and supporting the Technology Transfer Office with post licensing agreement administration.

Frances Ribaudo

Frances is an Accounts Payable Financial Assistant for the Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Relations Operations & Finance unit. This position includes working with the Finance team on accounts, bookkeeping, reporting, and analysis matters in accounts payable for both intellectual property costs and distribution of royalty payments, and overall support of the team.

Fran stepped into her current role in November 2017. She originally joined the Stony Brook family in March 2007 as a Procurement Professional. Prior to working here, Fran was a Senior Member Service Representative at the Federal Aviation Administration Federal Credit Union.

Fran is working on her degree in Women and Gender Studies. She serves as the Director of Community Outreach for the SBU Cat Network, a volunteer position that cares for the feral cats on the Stony Brook University campus.

Leanora Acconcia

LeAnn Acconcia took the position of the office's Docket Manager in August 2016. She is responsible for maintaining, organizing, and tracking all documents related to the office's efforts to protect Stony Brook University's intellectual property. In addition, she manages and tracks patent annuities and maintenance fees and is responsible for intellectual property-related government compliance.

LeAnn comes to the University with more than 30 years of experience as a patent prosecution paralegal and as a Secretarial Manager.

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