Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
825 NE 13th St MS#52
Oklahoma City, OK 73104-3600
Phone: (405) 271-1734
Fax: (405) 271-1708
Visiting Us: OMRF Technology Ventures is located on the first floor of the Bell Building, Room 105 across from McMechan Park. Limited visitor parking is available adjacent to the building and marked “Technology Transfer Visitor.” Please see Nancy Widener for a visitor parking pass. For general inquiries, please email us at OTV@OMRF.org. For material transfer related inquiries/communications, please email MTA@OMRF.org.
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. Nair returned to OMRF in 2014, to lead the Office of Technology Ventures.
Andrew Westmuckett, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Technology Ventures
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 and served in the British Military as a member of the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers.
Sam McNeal, Ph.D.
Sam McNeal earned his B.S. degree in biology from Georgia State University. He went on to earn an Sc.M. and Ph.D. in Pathobiology from Brown University. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University Pennsylvania and the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta where he studied cell death following hemorrhagic shock. At OMRF, McNeal is responsible for market research, managing material transfer agreements and confidential disclosure agreements, and will eventually take on additional responsibilities within the landscape of technology ventures.
Ryan Downing, Ph.D.
Intellectual Property Associate
Sweeney earned a bachelor’s degree in business finance and economics from Oklahoma State University and is currently working on a master’s in business analytics. Prior to joining OMRF, Sweeney worked as a strategic planning and finance manager for the Renaissance Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in McAllen, Texas. At OMRF, Sweeney will manage the budgets and document databases and perform assorted operational duties.
Prior to joining OMRF Nancy was employed for 13 years as a legal assistant for an independent natural gas and oil producing company.