Kirsten Leute Bio


Kirsten Leute
Senior Vice President
of University Relations

Kirsten Leute

Kirsten worked at Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing for almost nineteen years, her last position as an Associate Director of the office. At OTL, she handled a diverse caseload of biotechnology and high technology inventions and also has experience with software, trademark and copyright licensing. She worked with dozens of startups during her tenure. Kirsten started at Stanford’s OTL in 1996, but spent the 2004 calendar year as a technology manager at the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (German Cancer Research Center) in Heidelberg, Germany.

Kirsten is currently Vice President for Membership Development, Western Hemisphere, for the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and was Vice President for Communications of AUTM in 2007-2008. Previously she was an editor of the AUTM Journal and the AUTM Newsletter. In 2012, she was Co-Chair of membership for Women in Bio, San Francisco Bay Area, and she is a past board member of WiLBA (Women in Licensing Bay Area).

An active speaker, Kirsten has presented to audiences at BIO, LES, WIPO, ProTon, AUTM, and other meetings around the world. She published articles on technology transfer in the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, Community Genetics, and Medical Innovation and Business and co-wrote a chapter on bringing university technology to the private sector in The Creative Enterprise.

Kirsten’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Wellesley College and a Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University concentrating in international business and management of technology and innovation. Kirsten is a registered U.S. Patent Agent (No. 55,375).