ELSIE QUAITE-RANDALL is the Acting Director of the Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO). Elsie is a Tech Transfer Professional with ~20 years of experience in evaluating innovative technologies and transferring them to the marketplace through licensing, industry partnerships and new venture formation. Prior to joining LLNL, Elsie led the Intellectual Property Office at Berkeley Lab where, in addition to technology transfer and industry engagement, she initiated the lab's participation in several new DOE commercialization programs including Energy I-Corps, Lab Bridge and the Lab Partnering Service. She is a past chair of the DOE Technology Transfer Working Group and currently serves on the executive committee.
Before relocating to the Bay area, Elsie was the Executive Director of the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) at McMaster University in Canada. While at MILO, she was the recipient of several grants related to technology transfer networks, proof of principle funds, commercialization and student entrepreneurship and was successful in obtaining approval for the first technology incubator at the university.
She also spent time in Southeast Asia, working to develop commercialization strategies for the International Rice Research Institute. Previous positions in technology transfer included time in both the Office of Technology Deployment and the Legal Department at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.
Before joining the technology transfer field, Dr. Quaite-Randall was an active researcher in the field of protein biochemistry, structural biology and molecular biology. She completed her undergraduate studies and received her PhD from the Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. She also holds an MBA and is a registered US Patent Agent.