Pedro Hernandez

Florida International University Technology Management and Commercialization, Division of Research

Lecture Information:
  • April 24, 2024
  • 12:31 PM
  • ECS: 241

Speaker Bio

Peter Hernandez serves as the Director of Technology
Transfer and Commercialization, and provides overall leadership
and direction for patents and licensing. He plans, develops,
directs, and assesses the University’s Intellectual Property
portfolio, including generation of licensing revenues. Mr.
Hernandez also coordinates cooperative ventures with businesses
and industries to promote FIU technology, facilitate
industry-university collaboration and technology transfer, and
advance the commercial use of FIU intellectual property. Peter
earned a BSEE from the University of Miami, an MBA from Florida
International University, and a JD from the University of Miami.
He is a member of the Texas, Florida and District of Columbia bar
associations, and is registered with the United States Patent and
Trademark Office. Mr. Hernandez has over 20 years of experience in
industry, engineering and intellectual property management,
including transactional matters, business negotiations, patents,
trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. He has negotiated
agreements, licensing and technology transfers with universities,
as well as provided numerous training sessions and presentations
on all aspects of intellectual property. Prior to joining FIU,
Peter worked as Senior Counsel for companies such as Eastman
Kodak, Goodrich Corporation, Texas Instruments, EndoSonics
Corporation, and Motorola.


The I-Corps team program are grants awarded by the
National Science Foundation (NSF) in order to create unique
opportunities for scientists to learn methods for evaluating the
commercial impact of their NSF funded basic research projects
while improving their skills as entrepreneurs. The short six month
$50,000 awards provide faculty, students, and mentors with
training in accelerated entrepreneurial skills that are based on
the Lean LaunchPad methodology. Lean LaunchPad is widely
recognized as a model program used by the NSF, and most recently
by the National Institute of Health (NIH), on the development of
business pitches based on real world validation of the business
hypotheses regarding potential markets. Additionally, the I-Corps
program facilitates creation of startup companies and improves
chances for licensing opportunities as well as Small Business
Innovative Research and Technology Transfer Research (SBIR/STTR)

To be eligible, I-Corps teams must include a faculty member that
is a current NSF grantee or the recipient of a NSF award within
the past five years. I-Corps teams consist of a Principal
Investigator on the eligible NSF award and an Entrepreneurial
Lead, who can be a post doc or student who is the team member
leading the team’s efforts to explore the commercial potential of
the NSF funded research. The team also includes an I-Corps Mentor
who guides the team through the process of creating a business

This session will include basic information on the I-Corps teams
program as well as the participation of past recipients of I-Corps
teams grants. They will share their experience with the program
and be available to answer your questions about the program.