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James Baxendale

Director, Whiteboard to Boardroom Program at the UMKC Innovation Center

Jim Baxendale has worked for over twenty (20) years in the field of university technology transfer. He is currently serving as Director of the Whiteboard 2 Boardroom bi-state commercialization program and assists the Director’s of the University of Missouri Kansas City Innovation Center and Small Business & Technology Development Center to identify game changing technologies and processes and get them into the hands of established businesses and talented entrepreneurs, resulting in new products and businesses that stay local and grow. In addition, he works to fully integrate university, laboratory and industry research into the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem and manages a central clearinghouse (www.Whiteboard2Boardroom.com) to catalog bi-state innovations and startup company management talent.

Previous to that he served as Executive Director of the University of Kansas Center for Technology Commercialization with the responsibility of managing the intellectual property of the four (4) University of Kansas campuses. In that capacity he had oversight of the commercialization of faculty research and the securing of patents, trademarks and copyrights, negotiation of licenses, research agreements, confidentiality agreements and material transfer agreements. He also assisted in the formation of spin-off companies based on University of Kansas technologies and facilitated the negotiation of various collaborative agreements with industry and philanthropic partners. He has held management positions in hospital laboratories and private clinical laboratories throughout the Greater Kansas City Area. He is a frequent lecturer on technology commercialization at conferences, medical centers, hospitals, and universities. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology, a Master of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an MBA from the Rockhurst University Executive Fellows MBA Program.