Reach our Partnership Experts
Odd Bres, Technology Transfer Specialist
Odd holds a degree in biological science from the University of Alberta, and received a PhD in comparative physiology from the University of Manitoba in 1988, followed by work at UC, Berkeley and UCLA as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow. He left academia to establish a biotechnology startup company in genetic analysis services. Odd now serves the University in biotechnology intellectual property and technology commercialization.
Jody Dexter, Technology Transfer Specialist
Jody Dexter received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta specializing in the environmental impacts of genetically modified crops, gene flow via pollen and seeds, weed science and agronomy. Since graduation, Jody has extensively worked in the areas of microbiology, oncology, and pharmaceuticals as a Project Manager at Genome Prairie and as a Business Development Associate at Cangene Corporation.
Darren Fast, Director, Technology Transfer Office
Darren has more than 17 years of experience covering technology transfer, business development, intellectual property, new product development, and venture capital, working for industry, government and running his own consulting company.

Kerrie Hayes, Director of Research Contracts  
The Research Contracts Group is responsible for managing all the research contracts at the University.  Working closely with the University's Legal Department, this group negotiates contracts with external funders and third parties ensuring the University's interests are protected. 

Tracy Mohr
Director, Research Services
Director of Strategic Research Initiatives and her team of specialists carry responsibility for providing guidance for submissions to CFI, Networks of Centres of Excellence, Provincial matching, CRC and Genome funding programs, and the management of awards from these sources.
Loren Oschipok, Technology Transfer Specialist
Loren earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia (UBC), specializing in nervous system regeneration after traumatic injury. Following a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto, he then worked as a Laboratory Manager at UBC before transitioning into the role of Technology Transfer Officer at the UBC Industry-Liaison Office. A member of both the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and Licensing Executives Society (LES), Loren brings with him a keen interest in the development and commercialization of early-stage technologies.
Robert Werbowesky , Technology Transfer Specialist
Robert trained as an educator and analytical chemist, and Robert spent four years in the pharmaceutical industry as a chemist before returning to U of M to complete his Masters in Business Administration.  Robert then spent eleven years at the National Research Council in both technology transfer and business analyst roles.  In addition to his experience with medical devices, Robert brings a passion for learning and a broad understanding of technical business intelligence.