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Technology Transfer and Innovation

The Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation (OTTI) manages patents, copyrights and trademarks, and works with faculty and the Intellectual Property Committee to file patents for inventions. The office also acts as industry's gateway to innovation at the University of Houston, uniting UH with start-ups, midsize companies, large corporations and non-profit organizations to bring university discoveries to the marketplace. OTTI oversees the IP Committee, Technology GAP Fund and the Innovation Center and Labs.


Chris Taylor is the Executive Director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation. Chris and his team work with faculty to identify, protect and commercialize their technology.  He oversees  UH Innovation , the iCorps program site and the monetization of  UH 's IP portfolio

Staff photo of Tina Blakes

Tina Blakes
Program Manager, OTTI Operations

Technology Commercialization & Intellectual Property

Rick James

Rick James
Director of Technology Commercilalization

Chanelle Mack

Chanelle Mack, J.D.
Program Director, Contracts Management

Startup Development

Staff photo of Dr. Tanushree Chatterji

Dr. Tanushree Chatterji
Associate Director, Startup Development

Darayle Canada

Darayle Canada
Program Director,  Startup Operations