Brian Lord

Technology Commercialization Director

Bryan Lord is Director of the Technology Commercialization for the Partnerships Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) which is operated and managed by UT-Battelle, LLC. In this role, Mr. Lord oversees the commercialization efforts of ORNL technologies by managing the technology transfer, licensing and sponsored research activity of the laboratory and facilitating new venture creation and venture funding of entities dedicated to commercialization of ORNL technologies.

Prior to joining ORNL, Mr. Lord served as the Vice President of Finance and Licensing and General Counsel for AmberWave Systems Corporation in Salem, New Hampshire, a research and development company spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on the heterointegration of advanced materials for the semiconductor, solid-state lighting, and photovoltaic markets. In that role, Mr. Lord successfully coordinated the company’s two most recent venture capital fundraising rounds totaling over $45 million in funding, sourced and completed the company's acquisition of Aonex Technologies, a spin-out of the California Institute of Technology, and managed all of the company's university in-licensing and commercial out-licensing relationships.

Mr. Lord also co-founded the Innovation Alliance, a coalition of technology companies, including AmberWave, focused on advancing pro-innovation and pro-entrepreneurship public policy. In that role, Mr. Lord coordinated activity among a broad spectrum of technology, venture capital fund, and manufacturing firms and testified in front of the two committees of U.S. House of Representatives and the Federal Trade Commission’s Hearings on the Evolving Intellectual Property Marketplace.

Prior to joining AmberWave Systems, Lord was a corporate attorney at one of the nation's leading high-technology and venture capital law firms, Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP in Boston. During his tenure, he represented venture capital funds, public corporations, and start-up companies on a variety of technology, licensing, and financial transactions, including $250 million in M&A transactions, $1billion in public financings and venture capital investments, and $2 billion in venture capital fund formations.

Mr. Lord earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in Business Administration and Political Science from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana, where he was an editor of The Notre Dame Law Review, and is slated to complete his M.B.A. with a concentration on entrepreneurship from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in May 2010.

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