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Biography of Katharine Ku

(Term expires May 21, 2024)


Head Shot - K. Ku
Credit: NIST

Katharine Ku is currently serving as Chief Licensing Advisor at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. 

Ku was Executive Director of Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) for 27 years, until 2018. OTL generated $1.9B in royalties since its inception in 1970; $1.8B was received during her tenure.  OTL is also responsible for all research contracts with industry.

Ku was President of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) from 1988-90. She received the AUTM 2001 Bayh-Dole Award for her efforts in university technology transfer. In 1999, Stanford OTL received the LES Achievement Award.

Ku is currently a member of the Visiting Committee for Advanced Technology of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and on the Advisory Council for the for National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). 

Ku has a B.S. Chemical Engineering (Cornell University), an M.S. in Chemical Engineering (Washington University in St. Louis) and is a registered patent agent. 

Created May 16, 2018, Updated September 9, 2021