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WARF’s Jennifer Gottwald receives Bayh-Dole Award from AUTM

Jeanan Yasiri Moe
Director of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs
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MADISON, Wis. – Jennifer Gottwald, director of licensing at WARF, has received the Bayh-Dole Award from AUTM, an international nonprofit that supports the translation of academic research into real-world solutions. The award recognizes her outstanding contributions to advancing intellectual property activities for the benefit of the university and nonprofit sector.

The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 allows universities, businesses or nonprofits that receive federal funding to choose to pursue ownership of an invention, instead of requiring inventors to assign their inventions to the federal government.

The Act is widely credited for stimulating innovation and creating the tech transfer industry. Decades after enactment, the law continues to be championed by WARF.

Jennifer says that the late Howard Bremer, WARF’s longtime patent counsel and one of the architects of the Bayh-Dole Act, inspired her to give back to the tech transfer industry by volunteering with AUTM.

“I’m grateful to everyone who has encouraged me to get involved with supporting technology transfer, including Howard, Carl Gulbrandsen and Andy Cohn, former WARF colleagues who also received the Bayh-Dole Award,” says Jennifer. “Together, let’s keep transforming ideas into opportunities, for everyone.”

About WARF

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) helps steward the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founded in 1925 as an independent, nonprofit foundation, WARF manages more than 2,000 patents and an investment portfolio as it funds university research, obtains patents for campus discoveries and licenses inventions to industry. For more information, visit warf.org.