2017 • Lifetime Achievement

Lita Nelsen

LITA NELSEN recently retired from her position as Director of the Technology Licensing
Office at MIT, where she had been since 1986. She now works as a consultant
in technology transfer and entrepreneurship in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She and
her office became national leaders in university technology transfer, brokering
many licensing deals between MIT and companies, and spinning out startups to
commercialize the university’s research in life sciences and other areas. Prior to
joining the MIT TLO, she spent 20 years in industry, primarily in the fields of membrane
separations, medical devices, and biotechnology. She recently reflected on her career during an interview with Xconomy.

Lita Nelsen • Photography by Alex Gagne and Rythum Vinoben