Stephen Brown studies barriers to technology commercialization in regions and organizations focusing on the missing or weak components needed for support of innovation based on the stage of the idea, team composition, sector characteristics, and cultural norms. These studies suggest ways for individuals, commercialization teams, and regions to enhance their effectiveness. Steve has spent most of his career directly involved in the management of new products, business development and commercialization activities. He is the founder of Innovate4Growth Consulting.
Previously Steve, worked for the MIT Technology Licensing Office in the chemicals, materials, bioPharma, and medical devices areas. He worked with over 100 successful U.S. technology based startups during his career at MIT, either as the Licensing Officer who negotiated their license, as the Licensing Office Ambassador who provided them with advice and contacts, as a judge in MIT's 100K Entrepreneurship Contest, or as an evaluator of their funding proposals to the Deshpande Proof of Concept Fund. He has also worked with groups representing over fifteen different countries interested in best practices for regional economic development in addition to some US cities, universities, and regional economic development agencies. His most extensive international engagement was working with the University of Cambridge Technology Transfer Office in Cambridge, England, on university technology commercialization practices.
Prior to joining MIT in 1996, Steve was the Assistant Dean for External Partnerships at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at University of Pennsylvania. There he was responsible for helping the departments create their strategic plans and for building relationships with external organizations important to the school’s educational and research mission.
At Arco Chemical, Steve was a Commercial Development Manager with responsibility for a commercialization team that developed a composites program from lab inception to approval by two major auto manufacturers. Previously he revamped Arco's National Distributor Sales Program.
Earlier in his career he worked for Dow Chemical in a variety of research, development, sales, marketing, and business management positions. In 1979, Steve was nominated by Dow’s CEO to be a President's Executive Interchange Executive and selected to serve at the Small Business Administration where he helped to streamline their bank loan process, revise their energy loan program for high technology startups, and lobbied for the agency before the US Congress.
Steve received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Princeton University. Prior to Princeton he attended Oundle School in England as an English Speaking Union Exchange Scholar after having graduated from Tabor Academy in Marion, MA where he received the general excellence in scholarship award.
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