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JOHN A. FRASER

9922 Edward Avenue
Bethesda, MD, USA 20814
Email: jfraser@burnsidedev.com
M: (850) 524-5795

EXPERIENCE

President, Burnside Development & Associates LLC [Present – January 2015]

Consulting Business.

  • Projects with The Pontifical University of Chile, Santiago. Helping to accelerate the technology transfer Licensing activity.
  • Projects with The University of Santiago, Chile. Helping to accelerate the technology transfer Licensing activity.
  • National Research Foundation, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Evaluating the need for a National Technology Transfer Office.
  • Expert Witness in Litigation.

Assistant Vice President Research & Economic Development and Executive Director, Office of Commercialization, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida [December 2014 – November 1996]

Responsible for enhancing the University reputation by managing a team to create partnerships with outside organizations to buildup the research base, and develop products and knowledge for the benefit of society.

  • Increased disclosures, licenses, royalties and R&D income. Over 200 licenses, incl. 40 spinoffs. Office gross revenues consistently larger than current expenses.
  • Increased faculty awareness, education and participation in commercialization via regular outreach activities, external speakers, internal ‘Proof of Concept’ funding.
  • Proactively work with faculty to identify funding sources; prepare applications and ensure compliance with FSU policies; negotiate terms and conditions of awards, monitor progress, ensure adherence to funding terms.
  • Major activities with Film School; School of Visual Arts, Theater & Dance; Business; Social Work i.e. non STEM.

President and Chair, Member of the Board of Trustees of AUTM, a global individual member association of technology transfer licensing professionals (Volunteer).
[2004-2008]

Volunteer Member of the 5 person Board of the Florida Institute for Commercialization. Appointed by the Governor to increase university spinoff success via matching loans. Capitalized with $15 million from the Legislature. [Present – 2007]

Volunteer Chair, FITT, the Florida committee of all academic directors of technology transfer. [Present – 1999]

Volunteer Founding Member of the Board of the Florida Research Consortium and Member of the Executive Committee. Appointed by the Governor to increase the impact of universities in the Florida Economy. [Present – 2001]

Volunteer Member of the Board of BioFlorida, the Florida trade association. [2007-2006]

President, Burnside Development [Present – November 1991]
“Understanding Technology Today, Building Business for Tomorrow”

Burnside is a personal consulting company assisting in all aspects of the creation of technology-based businesses. Emphasis on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization. Clients:

  • Organize and Manage the annual ‘Faculty Accelerator’ program for the Pontifical Catholic University Chile in Santiago Chile.
  • ‘AUTM Expert in Government of Chile/AUTM contract to assist 15 universities accelerate technology licensing. Created 3 Strategic and Operating Plans and Benchmarking Reports. 2012-2013.
  • Expert Witness in legal suit: Max Planck, Alnylam Inc (Plaintiffs) vs. MIT, Whitehead Institute, University of Massachusetts (Defendants). Settled March 2011.
  • Assisted the UAE based Arab Science and Technology Foundation to qualify Arab universities ready to create technology licensing offices.
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Serve as lecturer 6 times in their science and technology-licensing course offered to member countries.
  • Johns Hopkins University APL technology transfer program. Assisting scientists/engineers to write business plans for new spinout companies.
  • Simon Fraser University. Headed Univ./Industry Liaison Office. Created, launched 4 start-up companies including the V chip company. Increased licensing revenues and prototype development funds.

President, CEO, Board Director, University Technologies International, Inc.
Calgary, Alberta [November 1991 – May 1989]

Created in 1988 as a for-profit technology transfer company serving the University of Calgary and the Foothills Hospital. Responsible for strategic direction of the company, liaising with the Board, implementing/monitoring plans, supervising personnel.

  • As new management in the 1st year, expanded and redirected the company focus, hired 4 staff, designed and implemented a business plan, launched licensing & marketing activities. $375,000 in gross revenues.
  • Implemented programs to seek new institutional clients on an Alberta wide basis and to assist clients in creating new technology based companies.
  • 1990/91 gross revenues of $1 Million. Closed $800,000 deal with Bristol Myers-Squibb. Closed medical device deal with then current royalties of $500,000/yr.

Consultant, Durham, North Carolina [May 1989 – August 1988]

Self employed consultant offering my unique knowledge and understanding of, as well as experience with, the interaction of business/government, university/government and university/business partnerships. Provided strategies for the commercialization of new technology based innovations.

  • Client: Agency for International Development (AID), Washington, D.C. Businessperson on a 4-person evaluation team on mid term progress of a $4.5 million program of PATH, a Seattle based foundation transferring health care technology to Third World health agencies. Positive review lead to a new $13.5 million grant.
  • Client: Research Development Corporation (RDC), Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Recommended a new business strategy for the ‘robotics’ division of Cyberfluor Corporation, an RDC created company.

Executive Vice President, University Technology Corporation
Durham, North Carolina [May 1989 – August 1986]

Cofounder. Launched in August 1986 as a for profit company serving as exclusive licensing agent for 5 US Universities. Created the business plan and raised $3.5 million from the private sector. Responsible for the overall operations of the company including budget preparation, daily operations and long term planning. Responsible for hiring and managing three employees and the on campus Technology Liaison Officers (TLOs) at the University of Maryland and the University of Connecticut.

  • Negotiated the addition of the Smithsonian Institution as a UTC Client.
  • Helped sell the company after 3 years of operations to USET Inc., a subsidiary of Macmillan Publishing, New York.

Consultant, Toronto, Ontario. [August 1986 – October 1984]

Self employed consultant in technology commercialization and new venture financing.

  • Startup company – BIOS, Toronto. Set up a Canadian and northern US based biomedical subscription information service company with two partners. The business introduced health care opportunities in small businesses, universities and hospitals to large health care corporations.
  • Capsule Technology International Limited, Windsor. Obtained for the owner, the prestigious ‘Canada Business Awards for Excellence – Entrepreneur for the Year – 1986.’ CTIL was a highly successful manufacturer/supplier in the international pharmaceutical industry. Obtained a $150,000 R&D grant for the firm.

Vice President, Development, Technology Development Corporation (TDC)
Toronto, Ontario. [October 1984 – September 1980]

A professional venture capital firm. Responsibilities included assessing high-tech investment opportunities, structuring legal agreements, preparing business plans, arranging appropriate government financing, monitoring progress towards goals in the plans.

  • Directed an in-depth evaluation of a New York City based opportunity in cancer detection. Arranged for a two-stage $15 M equity investment for the startup phase of the business.
  • Guided MOLI Energy Limited through the R&D phase into early commercialization. MOLI was a University of British Columbia spinout company commercializing a rechargeable Lithium battery technology. Responsibilities included hiring the President of Duracell Canada as the President of MOLI to guide its growth; steering a $2.6 M grant application through federal channels that later became a $10 M package including non-interest bearing loans.

Awards Officer, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research, Council,
Ottawa, Ontario. [September 1980 – February 1973]

NSERC (and prior to 1978 NRC) was responsible for the annual distribution of $125 M (1980) to support the research of 5,500 scientists and engineers in Canadian Universities. NSERC is the counterpart of the NSF in the US.

  • Senior officer responsible for the administration of Canada’s largest peer adjudicated R&D grants program ($ 96 M in 1980). Responsible for policy and program changes. Directed a staff of 20.

EDUCATION

2012 Earned and Maintain Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) designation
2011 Earned and Maintain Certified Licensing Practitioner (CLP) designation
1973 M.A. Biochemistry, University of California at Berkeley
1970 Graduate School, University of Massachusetts
1969 B.Sc. Chemistry, 1st Class Honours, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario