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.

Sean Boykevisch, PhD

Sean is the 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.

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 Tumminello has over 25 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 the Associate 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 University..

Over the last 25 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 Ethics.

Valery Matthys, PhD

As a Licensing Associate, Valery Matthys 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 a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Genetics Program at Stony Brook University in 2009.

James Martino

As a Licensing Specialist, James Martino works closely with faculty to identify the patentability and marketability of their inventions. He joined the OTLIR in 2015 as a Research Aide, marketing engineering related technologies.

James is a registered United States patent agent and graduated with both his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stony Brook University in 2018 and 2019, respectively. He also has experience in sales and marketing at an engineering firm.

Marcus Coleman

Marcus C. Coleman is a data-driven biomedical engineer with experiences in research & development at top companies and a top university program on scholarship. Marcus possesses a background in medicine and business. Strong verbal and technical skills.

Prior to his role at Stony Brook University Marcus worked as an LP at FundRx, a venture capital firm that invests in innovative healthcare and life sciences companies. Prior to FundRx, he worked as an R&D Biomedical Engineer at Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX). Prior to Boston Scientific, Marcus worked in neural engineering labs at Duke University as a student. Marcus also owned a fishing & sailing charter business which he sold in 2019.

Marcus obtained his BS in Engineering at Duke University, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow. He took courses in the M.Eng. program and in medical device strategy in the M.B.A. program at Duke University. Marcus studied medicine in the M.D. program at St. George’s University School of Medicine.

Harrison Seidner

As a Technology Commercialization Assistant, Harrison Seidner works closely with faculty to identify the patentability and marketability of their inventions. Harrison earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University, and has consulting experience.

He joined the OTLIR in 2020 after his Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Harrison is also an Adjunct Professor at Stony Brook University in the Department of Bioengineering.

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.

Olga Kaufman

Olga Kaufman has joined the OTLIR team to work on internal marketing and outreach projects. For more than 10 years she worked in publishing, dealing with all sorts of contracts, copyright, and intellectual property. She has M.A. in Slavic studies from Moscow State University, and M.A. in management of socio-cultural projects from the University of Manchester (England).

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