Wednesday, July 9, 2014 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

Tech Transfer Speaker Series: Tech Transfer Courses and Career Advancing Programs Offered at FAES

Department of Economic Development

Interest Areas: Technology Transfer

Topic: Tech Transfer Courses and Other Career Advancing Programs Offered Through FAES Graduate School at NIH
Krisztina Miner, Ph.D., Academic Program Manager, Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at the NIH
Steven M. Ferguson, Deputy Director, Licensing and Entrepreneurship, Office of Technology Transfer, NIH
Mark S. Nardone, President, R/M Nardone Associates, Inc.; Director, FAES Bio-Trac Program at the NIH


Krisztina Miner, Ph.D.

Krisztina Miner joined the FAES Graduate School in November 2013.  As Academic Program Manager, she oversees the education services of the foundation, including program operations and delivery, outreach and publicity, student enrollment and recruitment, reporting, and faculty support services.  Previously, Kriszta served as Program Officer for the Fulbright Scholar Program and managed the Department of State’s flagship academic exchange program for a portfolio of countries in Europe. Kriszta’s higher education administrative experiences also include managing education grants and proposals at the University of Chicago’s STEM education research center.

Kriszta’s experience as higher education administrator and practitioner extends beyond the U.S. A recipient of a number of research scholarships and grants, among others a three-year doctoral grant from the Secretary of State for Education and Science of the United Kingdom as well as the National Merit Scholarship of the Republic of Hungary, Kriszta earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Bristol, UK, as well as a Master’s in Education and Teaching English as a Second Language K-12 from the University of Debrecen, Hungary.

Steven M. Ferguson

Steve Ferguson currently serves as the Deputy Director, Licensing and Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining OTT in 1990, Mr. Ferguson served in marketing and management positions in biomedical firms subsequent to being a scientist at the National Cancer Institute. His healthcare experience has also included work as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for a rural 70-bed hospital. Registered to practice before the USPTO and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), Mr. Ferguson also holds Master’s Degrees in Business Administration (George Washington University) and Chemistry (University of Cincinnati) as well as Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (Case Western Reserve University).

Mr. Ferguson is faculty and Technology Transfer Department Chair at the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) Graduate School at NIH and is a project or business reviewer for the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program, the Virginia Bio-Life GAP Fund, the India-U.S. Science & Technology Fund, the Federal Laboratory Consortium and faculty for the Biotechnology Industry Organization “Bio Boot Camp”.

He has received the AUTM President’s Award, the NIH Director’s Award, the FAES Instruction Award, the Federal Laboratory Consortium STEM Award and thirteen NIH Merit Awards in recognition of his service and activities in the area of technology transfer.

Mark S. Nardone

Mr. Nardone is the President of R/M Nardone Associates, Inc. and Director of the Bio-Trac Program at FAES at the NIH.

Established in 1984, Bio-Trac is a series of daytime lecture and “hands-on” laboratory biotechnology training courses offered at the NIH through the FAES (Foundation for the advanced Education in the Sciences), a non-profit organization located on the NIH campus.

These 3-5 day workshops are taught at a graduate/post-graduate level primarily by active researchers from the NIH, Johns Hopkins, the FDA and area institutions.  All Bio-Trac courses are open to the scientific community; of which approximately 80% of the attendees are Ph.D. or MDs.  Attendees come from the NIH as well as other government institutions, private industry and academia both nationally and internationally.

Currently, Bio-Trac offers 56 workshops with over 59 offerings a year (some course are offered 2 times a year). Since the program’s inception, Bio-Trac have provided training to over 16,000 scientists.


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