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Michael Perham


Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus

Mike Perham has been a member of LES since 2009, having served multiple roles on Annual Meeting Committees, the Life Science Sector leadership team, and the Young Members Council. He is currently Chair-elect of the Life Science Sector.

Mike is currently the Director, Innovations and External Relations at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, overseeing technology transfer, open science, external relations and library services. His experience includes roles in technology transfer and IP management at UTMB, the University of Virginia, a startup called Microlab Diagnostics, and Health Diagnostic Laboratory. He has spent the last 12 years negotiating and managing a wide variety of out- and in-licensing agreements, Intellectual Property rights transfers from open-source to collaborative development arrangements, managing IP portfolios and leading litigation efforts.

He studied Chemistry at the University of Texas and received a PhD in Biophysical chemistry from Rice University where he was an NIH Biotechnology Trainee and Keck Fellow in the Houston-Area Molecular Biophysics Program.