OTM Office Hours: Career Options for a PhD

October 12, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Office of Technology Management, 4240 Duncan Ave. Suite 110, St. Louis, Missouri 63110

Are you working on an innovation you think should be spun out into a startup? What resources are available to help? How can you become involved in the innovation ecosystem in St. Louis?

Join us for “OTM Office Hours”, a program series from the Washington University Office of Technology Management covering the latest topics in tech transfer and innovation.

OTM Office Hours series is back on October 12th with “Career Options for a PhD”, co-sponsored with The Graduate Center.

Pursuing a postdoc in academia or industry is not the only career option for students graduating with a PhD. Come join a discussion on alternative career opportunities in tech transfer, law and the startup world, among others. Our OTM panelists will share their unique career paths and discuss resources available to new graduates post-PhD.

And once we wrap, we’ll head to Venture Café in the same building!

We welcome OTM panelists:

Holly Kinser, PhD, is a Patent Scientist at Washington University in St. Louis in the Office of Technology Management (OTM). Holly supports OTM’s patent agents in preparing and prosecuting patent applications for a diverse portfolio of WashU technologies. Holly previously served as an intern on the patent team at OTM while completing her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at WashU. After graduating, Holly took a position as a patent engineer at a local law firm, where she worked in intellectual property protection for large chemical companies including BASF and Firmenich. Missing the diversity and positive societal impact of WashU innovations, Holly returned to OTM in 2021 to serve in her current position.

Liz Peek, PhD

Liz Peek, PhD

New Ventures Senior Associate

Liz Peek, PhD, is the New Ventures Senior Associate at Washington University in St. Louis in the Office of Technology Management (OTM). She is responsible for supporting WashU startups, particularly in the medtech space. Before her current position, Dr. Peek served as the Technical Marketing Manager for OTM. She was previously the Program Director of MedTech Innovator, the largest accelerator of medtech startups in the world. She also served as the Technology Transfer Associate for Marketing at UCLA’s Technology Development Group. Dr. Peek received her PhD in Molecular Biology from UCLA in the lab of Arnold Chin and received a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Archaeology from the University of Virginia.

Jennifer Richards, PhD, is a Business Development Associate at Washington University in St. Louis in the Office of Technology Management (OTM).  Jennifer manages a life science portfolio, including technology review, IP protection, outreach, and licensing agreements.  Jennifer earned her PhD in Pharmacological and Physiological Science from Saint Louis University (SLU), where she studied red blood cell physiology.  She joined the office immediately after completing her scientific training.  However, Jennifer returned to her scientific roots to Lead Product Development at KaloCyte, a Washington University spin-off developing ErythroMer, a dried, bio-inspired artificial red blood cell.  She then worked as a Venture Capital Fellow at BioGenerator before returning to OTM with an additional perspective on startups and Venture Capital engagement. 

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