Our Staff

Manu Nair
OMRF Vice President of Technology Ventures

Manu Nair is focused on building partnerships with industry that advance the research in OMRF’s laboratories and translate our discoveries into diagnostics and therapeutics for human disease. Nair holds a Masters in Business Administration from Lamar University and a Masters of Law from the Franklin Pierce Law Center of the University of New Hampshire. Nair first worked at OMRF from 2004 to 2009 as a Licensing Associate, commercializing OMRF technologies by partnering with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. His efforts led to the creation of Vectra DA, an advanced blood test for rheumatoid arthritis, and TZ101, an experimental drug currently undergoing clinical trials for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other cancers. For five years, Nair served as a technology licensing manager and then senior licensing manager for Mayo Clinic Ventures at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. There, he orchestrated technology commercialization, including company formation and seed-capital investment, international collaboration, funding initiatives and strategic business development. Nair returned to OMRF in 2014 to lead the Office of Technology Ventures.

Debi Hudgens, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Business Development & Licensing

Debi Hudgens earned a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Virginia and has held technology transfer and licensing positions with the University of Virginia Patent Foundation, GE Healthcare and, most recently, Fuentek LLC prior to joining OMRF.

Andrew Westmuckett, Ph.D.
Technology Development Specialist

Andrew Westmuckett earned his Ph.D. in science from Imperial College, University of London, and served as a staff scientist at OMRF for 14 years prior to joining the Technology Ventures group. In addition to his research experience, he also taught science at the high school level and served in the British Military as a member of the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers.

Carla Nickles
Intellectual Property Assistant

Carla began her career at OMRF in September, 2006, as an Intellectual Property Assistant. Carla handles all incoming/out Material Transfer Agreements, office management, financials, monitor patent portfolio and database. Prior to OMRF Carla worked as an Administrative Law Judge and Legal Assistant at the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, and has worked for law firms around the Oklahoma City area bringing with her an extensive legal background. Carla works to promote Organ/Tissue donations in the state and has been a Key Note Speaker on the importance of Organ Donation.

Contact Information:

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
825 NE 13th St MS#52
Oklahoma City, OK 73104-3600
Phone: (405) 271-1845
 Fax: (405) 271-1708
Email: carla-nickles@omrf.org

Available technologies contact : carla-nickles@omrf.org