Frank Grassler

Vice President For Technology Development at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Frank Grassler joined UT Southwestern Medical Center as Vice President for Technology Development in December 2012. With more than three decades of professional, commercialization, and intellectual property experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, he leads the UTSW efforts to promote the commercial development of faculty discoveries that ultimately benefit patients. As a Faculty Associate in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Mr. Grassler teaches the course in Developing and Commercializing Biomedical Research in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Mr. Grassler came to UT Southwestern after consulting at Genentech, Inc., a leading biotechnology firm. From 2008 to 2011, he served as Vice President for Intellectual Property at Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company. Also, he spent 12 years as Vice President of U.S. Intellectual Property for GlaxoSmithKline, a global health care company. Earlier in his career, he held patent attorney positions at Merck and Co., Inc., as well as G.D. Searle and Company division of Pfizer, Inc. Mr. Grassler studied biology and chemistry at Claremont College, has degrees in pharmacy and law from the University of Colorado, and did additional coursework in mechanical engineering, chemistry, materials science, and immunology at the University of Colorado, Denver.

My Sessions

The Intersection of IP and Healthcare Innovation

De LaSalle Room

“What role does intellectual property play in clinical trials? Why would I need to consider IP protection in my endeavor to work with a hospital?” In this session, attendees will learn how the worlds of IP protection and hospital administration combine to form business partnerships. Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office Director Hope […]