Clifford Michaels is assistant vice president and director of Georgia State University’s Office of Technology Transfer & Commercialization. He has more than 13 years of experience in academic technology transfer, licensing, industry partnerships and research administration. Cliff strongly believes in the ability of academic research to have real-world impact.
Prior to joining Georgia State, Cliff was the interim executive director of Emory University’s Technology Transfer Office, overseeing both its technology transfer activities and industry sponsored research. Cliff is an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), volunteering with the organization’s strategic communications committee and moderating AUTM’s biannual Leadership Forum. He also volunteers on the Certified Licensing Professional Standards, Admissions and Recertification Committee and is a member of Southeastern Life Science’s Board of Directors and Georgia Bio’s Academic Counsel. Cliff regularly speaks about commercialization, technology transfer and careers in technology transfer.
Cliff received his Doctorate in Neuroscience from Emory University in 2007. His doctoral research focused on the impact of early-life stress on endogenous opioid systems and behavioral measures of reward. He began his technology transfer career as an intern during the final year of his graduate studies. Cliff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from Lafayette College in Easton, PA and is both a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP™) and a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP™). When not supporting research and innovation at Georgia State, Cliff can often be found running or baking; two hobbies which luckily work to offset one another!