OMAHA, Neb. (November 22, 2021)—AJ Crawford, PhD, MBA, has been promoted from intern to a full-time licensing associate position with UNeMed, the technology transfer and commercialization office at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Before joining UNMC, Dr. Crawford was a trauma technician at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
“My experience enabled me to better understand the medical technologies invented at UNMC and appreciate the value they would bring to patients and healthcare workers,” she said. “The technologies we used ultimately led to my interest in biomedical research.”
Dr. Crawford is a 2015 graduate of the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. A native of South Whitley, Indiana, she completed her MBA in 2015 at UNO, and added a doctorate in biomedical research from UNMC in 2021.
“We’re excited to have Dr. Crawford on our team as a fulltime Licensing Associate,” said UNeMed president and CEO Michael Dixon, PhD. “Her background in Emergency Medicine, combined with an MBA and PhD gives her a broad base of knowledge to draw on while she works to help our faculty, students and staff bring new discoveries to market.”
The promotion and full-time status expands her role of evaluating, marketing, and seeking partnerships for new inventions, cures, treatments and medical devices developed at UNMC.
UNeMed’s mission is to help faculty, students and staff at UNMC and UNO develop their innovations and ground-breaking discoveries. Dr. Crawford joins UNeMed’s talented roster of licensing experts who work every day to advance the University’s new discoveries into the future technologies that might one-day affect millions around the world.
“I love working with inventors,” Dr. Crawford said. “It’s so exciting to their pet projects, and see all that potential, and try to help them hone that in.”