William Farris

William Farris

Associate Laboratory Director of Innovation, Partnering, and Outreach

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Bill Farris is the Associate Laboratory Director in charge of ’s Innovation, Partnering, and Outreach Directorate, and he has managed the Commercialization & Technology Transfer office since October 2008. In addition to leading the lab’s internal and external communication and outreach, Bill directs NREL’s efforts to accelerate commercialization and the transfer of laboratory technologies to the marketplace. He also oversees all licensing, sponsored research agreements, enterprise development, and innovation management functions at NREL. His recent initiatives include:

• the integration of NREL commercialization programs with the Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED), which seeks to catalyze the expansion of the renewable energy economic cluster in Colorado and beyond • conceptualizing and managing the development of the Energy Innovation Portal, which serves as an internet-based clearinghouse for intellectual property developed at the nation’s National Laboratories • streamlining NREL’s transaction processes for licenses and sponsored research agreements.

Prior to joining NREL, Bill was responsible for the Commercialization, Economic Development, Business and Competitive Intelligence, and Commercial Relationships offices at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). In addition, Bill managed new venture activities at the Pacific Northwest Division of the Battelle Memorial Institute, and served as a primary point of contact for interactions with Venture Capitalists. Bill has a B.S. in Geological Sciences and a M.S. in Radiological Sciences from the University of Washington and a M.S. in Management of Technology from NTU. He is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executive Society.

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