Ann M. Hammersla currently serves as the Director of the Division of Extramural Inventions and Research Resources (DEITR), as well as OTT’s Director of the Division of Policy. In both positions, her current responsibilities include formulating and recommending National Institutes of Health technology transfer policies, guidelines, and practices for both NIH’s intramural and extramural research programs. As the Director of DEITR she is responsible for Bayh-Dole compliance, iEdison, and intellectual property policies and their application to NIH grant and contract programs. While at NIH, Ann’s responsibilities have also included the development of model agreements, including material transfer, license, and collaboration agreements and the NIH licensing of diagnostic technologies.
Prior to joining NIH’s OTT, Ms. Hammersla was the Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and prior to joining MIT she was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois with responsibilities for technology transfer, licensing, conflict of interests, and industry research agreements. Ms. Hammersla has worked with and has been an advisor throughout her career to many organizations (non-profits, foundations, US and international governments, and industry) on start-ups, consortia, sponsored research, and on technology transfer and licensing issues and policies. In 2004, Ms. Hammersla was President of the Association of University Technology Managers. Ms. Hammersla received her J.D. from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Rochester.