The Office of Innovation Commercialization



L. Staton Noel III, MS, MBA
1613D MHRA Bldg, 1111 Spring Garden St.
Greensboro, NC 27412
Phone: 336-256-1041 or FAX: 336-256-2049

Staton Noel joined the Office of Innovation Commercialization in 2011 following 25 years’ experience working in large pharma, public-private, federal, and university research facilities.    Staton brings a broad range of experience discovering and developing therapies in a commercial setting for chronic diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, and the endocrine disorders.  Staton has an extensive technical experience including assay development, high throughput screening, protein purification techniques, molecular biology techniques, and in vitro/vivo modeling including developing surrogate biomarkers.

In addition to his commercial scientific experience, Staton’s dual degree MBA/MS in Gerontology brings a unique understanding of the social, financial, and medical needs of the growing worldwide elderly population.  In the Office of Innovation Commercialization, Staton’s combination of applied science and business acumen will provide evaluation of invention disclosures, market research, manage intellectual property protection, market technologies, and negotiating licensing agreements.

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Licensing & Research Policy Officer

Lisa A. Goble , Ph.D.
1613B MHRA Bldg, 1111 Spring Garden St.
Greensboro, NC 27412
Phone: 336-256-1173 or FAX: 336-256-2049

Dr. Goble brings over 20 years of professional experience with her to OIC. She began working with the office in 2003, and was instrumental in establishing policy and building the infrastructure of the office in its early stages.  She continues to engage and support the OIC in research and intellectual property policy analysis and its licensing efforts.

Goble’s PhD is in Public Policy from UNC Chapel Hill; her dissertation research includes an evaluation of institutional licensing collaborations and how various university characteristics may influence academic technology commercialization efforts. She identifies organizational and other characteristics of academic research institutions effective in obtaining invention disclosures, licensing those inventions, and in forming university start-ups for the commercialization of university IP. She is a Summa Cum Laude Graduate from the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNC Greensboro, and holds a B.S. degree in Information Systems and Operations Management with a minor in Economics.

While she is primarily focused upon academic research policy analysis and evaluating the economic development impact of US research universities, her other policy interests include science and technology, social and economic justice, taxation and economic development, and big data analysis and management. In her role at OIC, she provides guidance and evaluation on intellectual property clauses in research and other agreements, and drafts, negotiates and finalizes licensing agreements for UNCG’s Intellectual Property.  She regularly presents on the various types of intellectual property and on university policy issues to the campus and other community members. She also provides small business support in IP evaluation, developing business & strategic plans, market analyses, and creating proposals/pitches to venture capitalists and other investors.

She is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) the Technology Transfer Society (T2S), and the Licensing Executives Society (LES).

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Business Officer

H. Kay Canady
1613A MHRA Bldg, 1111 Spring Garden St.
Greensboro, NC 27412
Phone: 336-256-2047 or FAX: 336-256-2049

Kay began work in the Office of Innovation Commercialization on January 1, 2010. Her primary responsibilities as business officer for the Office of Innovation Commercialization include managing the day to day operations of the office. She is responsible for the business administration as well as the financial management of the office as she works closely with the Director of Innovation Commercialization.

Prior to her assignment in the Office of Innovation Commercialization, Kay held positions in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and most recently in the Office of Sponsored Programs. She held multiple positions in the Office of Sponsored Programs formally known as the Office of Research Services. Kay has worked at UNCG for 15 years.

Assistant to Business Officer/ Licensing Assistant

Samantha W.  Osborne
1613 MHRA Bldg, 1111 Spring Garden St.
Greensboro, NC 27412
Phone: 336-334-4773 or FAX: 336-256-2049

Samantha Osborne joined the OIC staff in December, 2013. She is originally from Concord, NC, and is currently a first year Masters student at UNCG. She is earning a counseling degree with a focus in couples and family therapy. Following graduation, she plans to move to Asheville, NC to pursue her degrees.

As the Office Assistant for the OIC, Samantha assists in managing the day-to-day operations of the office, including financial management and file management. She also handles the daily work flow of information through the office such as phone calls, emails, messages, and faxes. In addition to assisting the OIC’s Business Officer, she is instrumental in the organization of the OIC.