Sury Vepa is the senior licensing and patenting manager in NCATS’ Office of Strategic Alliances (OSA), where he oversees the Center’s licensing and patenting activities. He embarked on his technology transfer career, serving in various capacities in Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) at NIH, beginning in 2005. Vepa was a technology transfer specialist in the OTT until 2006, serving the technology transfer requirements of the National Institute of Mental Health. During a brief hiatus from NIH, he worked as a clinical law instructor at the University of Maryland School of Law, and he co-supervised and trained student attorneys enrolled in the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center. Prior to 2005, Vepa also served as a licensing associate in the Office of Industrial Liaison at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and practiced patent law as a registered patent attorney, practicing before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in the state of Maryland. In 2008, he returned to the NIH OTT. Subsequently, he joined OSA in October 2015.
Vepa received his J.D. with honors from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He completed his postdoctoral research training at the Indiana University School of Medicine and worked as an instructor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.
Vepa has extensive experience and interest in negotiating commercialization agreements and intellectual property (IP) management agreements that would facilitate the NCATS mission and also the unique contributions of its scientists. He also spends time teaching students and postdoctoral fellows interested in the technology transfer, IP and business law through the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences program.