Tom works with faculty and researchers in agriculture, natural resources, and natural science to protect intellectual property and engage in commercial partnerships to bring the technologies to market. Tom also facilitates screening of MSU’s technology portfolio, including coordinating the intern program and managing relationships with external service providers. He joined MSU Technologies in 2004.
Prior to working at MSUT, Tom was the intellectual property coordinator at a biotech start-up company in Madison, Wisconsin.
Tom holds a doctoral degree in plant pathology from Cornell University, where he was a USDA National Needs Fellow. He completed post-doc research at the University of Wisconsin, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology. He is a 2012 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law with a concentration in intellectual property law and a registered patent agent.