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.

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.

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 a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Genetics Program at Stony Brook University in 2009

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).

James Martino

As a Technology Commercialization Assistant, James 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 graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stony Brook University in 2018 and is currently working towards a Masters in Electrical Engineering at Stony Brook. He also has experience in sales and marketing at an engineering firm.

Tashiem Jameel

Tashiem has worked in the Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Relations since Aug of 2016, assisting with marketing new technologies developed by researchers in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. In his expanded role as a Technology Commercialization Assistant, he works with faculty on identifying commercial opportunities and patentability of new inventions. Tashiem graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering at Stony Brook University in December 2018. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Computer Engineering with a specialization in Networking and Wireless Communications. Tashiem works on other special projects within the office including digital marketing content for web development as well as computer tutorials and stop motion animation videos on YouTube.

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