Technology Commercialization Team :: The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Technology Commercialization Team

When our doctors, nurses, researchers and other staff members have an idea, they head to our Office of Technology Commercialization. Together, they take these ideas and innovations and translate them into the commercial sector. This results in new patents, startup companies, inventions, etc. Contact us with questions. Our team is ready to help.


Matthew McFarland, RPh, PhD

Matthew joined Nationwide Children’s as director of the Office of Technology Commercialization in the spring of 2012. As director, he works closely with Nationwide Children’s faculty and staff to identify intellectual property with commercial potential and to facilitate the transfer of new technologies to outside partners, ultimately for the benefit and enhancement of pediatric care. He has a diverse background in technology transfer, technology valuation and licensing, academic research and pharmacy practice.

Prior to joining Nationwide Children’s, Matthew was the associate director of commercialization, innovation strategy manager and technology manager in the Office of Technology Commercialization at the Purdue Research Foundation. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and his PhD in medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology from Purdue University. He also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in translational genetics and pharmacogenomics of neuropsychiatric disorders at the Institute of Psychiatric Research, Indiana University Medical School.

Matthew has authored several articles for peer-reviewed journals including Molecular Pharmacology, Journal of Biological Chemistry and Medical Innovation & Business. He also has received the Jenkins/Knevel Award for Excellence in Research and the Albert and Anna Kienley Award for Excellence in Teaching from the School of Pharmacy at Purdue University.

Margaret Barkett, PhD
Senior Licensing Associate

Margaret joined The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a licensing associate in February 2010, and currently serves as a senior licensing associate for the Office of Technology Commercialization. In her role with the office Margaret manages the assessment, protection, valuation and out-licensing of a portfolio of intellectual property assets owned by The Research Institute. She is also actively involved in managing many of the office’s relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.

Margaret has a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Emory University and earned her PhD degree in molecular and cell biology from Boston University, where she continued her training as a postdoctoral fellow. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research in cell death biology spanned different areas including cancer biology and development. Prior to joining The Research Institute, she completed a one-year technology licensing internship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology focusing on medical devices and biotechnology.

Kyle Murrah, PhD
Licensing Associate

Kyle joined The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a licensing associate in the Office of Technology Commercialization in July 2014.  In his role as a licensing associate, he promotes technology transfer through the evaluation, protection, and out-licensing of technologies developed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Kyle has a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from North Carolina State University and a PhD in microbiology and immunology from Wake Forest University.  His doctoral research focused on polymicrobial interactions in middle ear infections.  While earning his doctorate, he completed a two year technology transfer internship at Wake Forest Innovations.

Susan S. Allen, BS
Intellectual Property Coordinator

Susan joined Nationwide Children’s in the summer of 2013. She manages the intellectual property and patent portfolio, as well as agreements records, for the Office of Technology Commercialization. She assists the team with invention evaluation and efforts aimed at marketing and licensing. Susan also manages compliance with regard to reporting requirements for federal and/or non-government research sponsors.

Susan has 23 years of experience including work for federal and state governments, academia, private industry and nonprofits. She has a strong background in intellectual property management and research administration; research education and communications; and budget management and accounting practices including patents, agreements, contracts, and grants management and compliance.

Susan has a bachelor's degree in biology from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. She is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers. Past professional memberships include: National Council of University Research Administrators, American Medical Writers Association, and American Management Association.

Andrew Corris photoAndrew M. Corris, PharmD, JD, BS
Licensing Associate

Andrew joined The Research Institute in March 2015. In his role as a licensing associate, he promotes technology transfer through the evaluation, protection, and out-licensing of technologies developed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a minor in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The Ohio State University, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Capital University, specializing in intellectual property law.

Anna Ursu photoAnna Ursu, BA
Business Projects Coordinator

Anna joined Nationwide Children's Hospital in April 2014. She is primarily responsible for information and business systems. She tracks invoices, licenses terms and follows up to ensure licensee compliance, in addition to overseeing the annual budget, purchasing and the file management database. Anna also assists technology transfer professionals with department initiatives, events management and operational issues.

Anna has experience working in both health care and legal sectors, including business development support for a leading international law firm. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Business Administration at Capital University.

Matthew Moscato photoMatthew Moscato, BS
Agreements Coordinator

Matthew joined The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in December 2015. As Agreements Coordinator, he is responsible for the negotiation and administration of Material Transfer Agreements, Data Use Agreements, and Confidential Disclosure Agreements. Matthew also manages the agreements docket and provides assistance to the office’s licensing team.

Matthew has a Bachelor of Science degree in paralegal studies with a minor in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. He has experience in the areas of compliance, contract, employment, real estate and investment law.

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Child-Proof Spray Bottle

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