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Contact the Office of Technology Licensing

Group photo of the Office of Technology personnel at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) oversees the patenting and licensing of technologies developed by the faculty and staff of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in order to promote development of drugs, diagnostic assays and other products of benefit to the public. Additionally, the OTL is responsible for negotiating and authorizing the transfer of research materials into and out of St. Jude. Companies and research investigators from outside of St. Jude are welcome to contact the OTL regarding St. Jude's standard terms and policies for technology transfer. The OTL is the only party authorized to negotiate and finalize these agreements on behalf of St. Jude.

For information about St. Jude's patents and licenses and terms and policies for technology transfer, please contact:

Office of Technology Licensing
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Mail Stop 742
Memphis, TN USA 38105-3678
Phone: (901) 595-2342
Fax: (901) 595-3148


  • Scott Elmer

    Scott Elmer, JD



    Scott came to St. Jude in 2001 as a practicing patent attorney (private law firm and corporate) since 1992. Prior to that he was as a molecular biologist.

  • Shawn Hawkins

    Shawn Hawkins


    Associate Director

    Before joining the OTL in 1997, Shawn was a research technologist in Biochemistry and Tumor Cell Biology. She has a BS in Biology, an MBA, and is a registered patent agent.

  • Esther Allay

    Esther Allay


    Sr. Licensing Associate 

    Before joining the OTL in 2002, Esther was a research technologist in Experimental Hematology. She obtained a BS and MS in Biology, and handles the transfer of materials.

  • Chad Riggs

    Chad Riggs


    Marketing Associate

    Before joining the OTL in 2013, Chad created 3D content with his BS in Engineering Design, and helped national laboratories, technology startups and VC firms to market with his MBA.

  • Regina McKinney

    Regina McKinney


    Coordinator, Departmental Finance 

    Regina began working at St. Jude in 1994 in the Administration Office, and has been with the OTL 1995. Regina handles royalty allocations and licensing income.

  • Sheila Wilson

    Sheila Wilson


    Administrative Specialist

    Sheila began working at St. Jude in 2000. She manages day to day operations and is the first point of contact for scheduling appointments. She can also be contacted for notary services.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a Tennessee, not-for-profit corporation and is a signatory to the terms of the Uniform Biological Material Transfer Agreement (UBMTA) as maintained at the Association of University Technology Managers' (AUTM) website.