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Featured Profile: Chris Fender


Chris Fender leads MU’s Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations (OTMIR) which facilitates the commercialization of advanced technology and intellectual property at MU.

Fender has worked in the area of technology transfer at the University of Missouri since 2002, and he has been the OTMIR’s Director since 2009. He and his team take an active role in securing patents and establishing and managing licensing agreements that generate royalties for the University.

Fender is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers as well as the Licensing Executives Society and has been an invited speaker on technology transfer at state, regional and national conferences.

While licensing is an important source of revenue for the university, Fender considers it a happy byproduct.  “I think the number one goal is to see that we can develop pathways,” he says, “to facilitate the commercialization of these innovations that are the result of the good work that MU researchers do.”

Prior to his work at Mizzou, Fender conducted plant breeding research at Monsanto and Asgrow companies.  Fender is also a U.S. Patent co-inventor, giving him a first-hand understanding of the value of intellectual property and the commercialization process.

Chris Fender has a bachelor’s degree in Plant Sciences and a master’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Missouri.

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