Leigh-Ann K. Miyasato

Hawaiʻi entrepreneurial executive and attorney Leigh-Ann K. Miyasato will be joining the University of Hawaiʻi’s Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (OTTED) as a technology licensing associate, effective March 2, 2015.

In her new role, Miyasato will be working with the UH Mānoa College of Natural Sciences to help faculty and student researchers commercially exploit their UH-owned technologies. She will also assist with OTTED’s legal contracts and incentive programs.

“I’m excited to have Leigh-Ann Miyasato join the OTTED family to help with our technology transfer efforts,” said Bill Richardson, interim director of OTTED. “Her passion, combined with her entrepreneurial and legal prowess will help us to create a more vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem at UH.”

Most recently, Miyasato was the founding executive director of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaiʻi, a non-profit organization that assists entrepreneurial companies with their philanthropic and community service efforts. She also served as executive director of HiBEAM, an accelerator for early stage Hawaiʻi technology companies and as vice president of DragonBridge Capital LLC, a merchant bank and early stage venture capital fund focused on assisting Chinese technology companies.

“We are pleased that Ms. Miyasato will be joining our expanding commercialization team at UH,” said Vassilis L. Syrmos, vice president for research and innovation. “She comes to us very highly regarded by the local entrepreneurial community and we expect her to greatly contribute to our efforts in support of the Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative.”

Read the University of Hawaiʻi news release for more on Miyasato