Kannan Grant joined the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s newly established Office of Technology Commercialization in August of 2007 as its director. He has more than fifteen years of experience in technology transfer. Prior to joining the OTC, Mr. Grant served as the CEO of FuturaGene Inc., and as an executive board member for FuturaGene Plc. During his tenure at FuturaGene, Mr. Grant was instrumental in establishing the company’s first subsidiary in Beijing, China. He was also responsible for spearheading FuturaGene’s foray in the biofuel arena.
Prior to FuturaGene Inc., he served as associate vice chancellor for the Office of Technology Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was instrumental in negotiating and signing two of the largest license agreements with significant research components in the school’s history.
Mr. Grant earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of North Dakota and his MBA from Texas A&M University.
Becky England joined the University of Alabama Huntsville in March 2008 as the Research Program Coordinator for the Office of Technology Commercialization. She received her BA degree from Samford University.
Becky's role is to assist the director with managing and tracking intellectual property disclosures, manage the departmental budget, and assist the other associates within the department.