SkyQuest welcomes Dr. Ashley Stevens, President Focus IP Group, LLC, on the Strategic Advisory Board

Dr. Ashley StevensDr. Stevens with over 25+ years of academic and industrial experience across different functions like commercial development, sales, marketing, product management, strategic planning and acquisition mergers, Dr. Stevens serves as an expert for different matters of intellectual property and technology commercialization. Dr. Stevens is serving as the president of Focus IP Group. For 15 years, he led Boston University’s Office of Technology Transfer. During his tenure at Boston University, the Office of Technology Development spun out over 50 companies based on the University’s research, a number of which raised substantial amounts of capital, and the University’s licensing income climbed steadily.

Prior to entering the technology transfer profession, Dr. Stevens worked in the biotechnology industry for nearly ten years.  He was a co-founder of Kytogenics, Inc. and of Genmap, Inc., and was Vice President of Business Development for BioTechnica International.  He started his career with The Procter & Gamble Company, where he held a number of positions in commercial development, sales, marketing, product management, strategic planning and acquisitions and mergers.

Dr. Stevens publishes and lectures frequently on many aspects of technology transfer, including the Bayh-Dole Act, the economic impact of technology transfer and its role in economic development, the contribution of academia to the discovery of new drugs and vaccines, the role of technology transfer in global health and technology valuation in different countries – Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Singapore and S. Africa. He was the recipient of the Bayh-Dole Award at the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2007 Annual Meeting and became President of AUTM in March 2010.

He is a lecturer at Health Sector Management Program – Boston University and has been recently appointed a Guest Professor at Osaka University, Japan, where he teaches G-TEC, an intensive summer course on technology commercialization.  He has also taught in Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Singapore and S. Africa.

Dr. Stevens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences, a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University. He is a Certified Licensing Professional and a Registered Technology Transfer Professional.