Office of Technology Management
Department of Pediatrics
The Office of Technology Management

Who we are

 


Dr. Bruce D. Butler

Dr. Bruce D. Butler
  • Vice President, Research and Technology
  • Director, Office of Technology Management
  • Phone: +1 (713) 500-3369
  • Fax: +1 (713) 500-0331
  • Email: Bruce.D.Butler@uth.tmc.edu
  • Dr. Bruce D. Butler is Vice President Research and Technology, and directs the Office of Technology Management at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The office handles the technology transfer activities including the creation of new start-ups for the six UTHealth schools and the UTHealth faculty at the Texas Heart Institute. Dr. Butler also holds an academic position as Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Medical School and managed a research program in collaboration with NASA, U.S. Navy and several international pharmaceutical companies. He has over 200 published papers, abstracts and book chapters. Other positions he holds include Associate Director of the UTHealth / MD Anderson Cancer Center-Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging Research (CABIR). Dr. Butler is an inventor on ten U.S. and associated foreign patents; six of which have been commercialized through UTHealth that include respiratory healthcare products and bio-pharmaceuticals. He has been involved with product development for medical and home-care devices, including FDA regulatory approvals and clinical trials. Dr. Butler has been personally involved in the creation of 5 life-science start-ups and numerous other business development partnerships.

 

Christine E. Flynn, Ph.D.

Christie E. Flynn, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Director, New Venture Development
  • Phone: +1 (713) 500-3369
  • Fax: +1 (713) 500-0331
  • Email: Christine.Flynn@uth.tmc.edu
  • Christine E. Flynn, Ph.D., Assistant Director for New Venture Development, joined OTM in 2007, where she is responsible for assessing, protecting, and commercializing the intellectual property generated by faculty, staff, and students at UTHealth, with a particular focus on startup companies.  Christine also helped establish and further coordinates the Biotechnology Commercialization Center (BCC) at UTHealth.  Prior to joining OTM, Christine received Bachelor of Science degrees in both Chemistry and French from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA in 1998. She continued her education at The University of Texas at Austin, in Austin, TX, where she researched peptide-directed recognition and growth of semiconductor materials under the direction of Professor Angela Belcher, receiving her Doctorate of Philosophy in 2003. In conjunction with a postdoctoral research position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, Christine joined Cambrios Technologies Corp. as the first employee of the new company in 2003, where she contributed to the commercialization and expansion of the basic science that she previously developed with Dr. Belcher, including as Principal Investigator on two Army grants and as a key player in the formation of Intellectual Property Strategy for the company.

 

Danielle Martinez, Ph.D

  • Licensing Assistant
  • Phone: +1 (713) 500-3384
  • Fax: +1 (713) 500-0331
  • Email: Danielle.R.Martinez@uth.tmc.edu
  • Danielle Martinez, Ph.D. is a Technology Licensing Assistant in OTM, where she is responsible for assessing, protecting, and commercializing the intellectual property generated by faculty, staff, and students here at UTHealth. Prior to joining OTM, Danielle received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Houston in 2004. During her undergraduate education she worked in the lab of Dr. Susan Marriott at Baylor College of Medicine where laboratory studies focused on understanding the role of the Tax regulatory protein in cellular transformation during Human T-cell leukemia virus infection. She then continued her education at Baylor College of Medicine in the Interdepartmental Program in Cell and Molecular Biology where her dissertation research centered on clarifying the changes in epigenetic regulation during melanoma formation in the lab of Dr. Estela E. Medrano.

 

Peter G. Seferian, Ph.D.

Peter G. Seferian, Ph.D.
  • Patent Manager
  • Phone: +1 (713) 500-3377
  • Fax: +1 (713) 500-0331
  • Email: Peter.Seferian@uth.tmc.edu
  • Peter G. Seferian, Ph.D., Patent Manager, joined OTM in 2008, where his primary responsibility involves the assessment, protection, and management of the intellectual property generated by UTHealth faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Seferian is a registered Patent Agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and prior to joining the Office of Technology Management he was a Senior Patent Agent at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, where he filed and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications, as well as contributing to IP strategy, diligence and competitive intelligence efforts. Before joining Lexicon, Dr. Seferian had many years of bench experience as a Senior Scientist and Project Leader in the biotechnology industry. At Zonagen, Inc., he developed novel vaccine adjuvant systems and while at Aprogenex, Inc., he worked on FISH based diagnostic systems. He also has GMP pharmaceutical production experience obtained at Natcon Chemicals, Inc., a generic pharmaceutical company. Dr. Seferian received his B.S. degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Biomedical Science at UTHealth, where he studied auto-anti-idiotypic immune regulation in the Pathology Department at the Medical School. After receiving his Ph.D., he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Protozoan Diseases Laboratory of the USDA-ARS in Beltsville, MD, developing recombinant vaccines.
  • Jane Wu, Ph.D.

    • Technology Licensing Associate
    • Phone: +1 (713) 500-3582
    • Fax: +1 (713) 500-0331
    • Email: Yu-Jane.Wu@uth.tmc.edu
    • Jane Wu, Ph.D., Technology Licensing Associate, joined OTM in 2012, where she is responsible for assessing, protecting, and commercializing the intellectual property generated by faculty, staff, and students at UTHealth. Prior to joining OTM, Jane received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX in 2005. From there, she continued her education at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, in Houston, TX, where she researched epidermal wound healing in Drosophila under the direction of Dr. Michael J. Galko, receiving her Doctorate of Philosophy in 2009. After receiving her Ph.D., she also attended law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX and graduated in 2012.

Jan Hendrickson

Jan Hendrickson
  • Administrative Services Officer
  • Phone: +1 (713) 500-3369
  • Fax: +1 (713) 500-0331
  • Email: Janet.M.Hendrickson@uth.tmc.edu
  • Jan Hendrickson is responsible for financial and administrative activities in the Office of Technology Management (OTM).   She also serves as administrative assistant to Dr. Bruce Butler, Vice President for Research and Technology.  Prior to joining the staff of OTM in 2007, Jan served in the Medical Services Research Development Plan, Budget and Financial Reporting and the Medical School Finance and Administration departments of UTHealth.

Leila Simunek

Administrative Assistant II