Roger W. Werne, PhD
Industrial Partnering Office
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory(LLNL)
Dr. Werne has broad experience in the commercialization of technology developed within the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In the late eighties he started and led the Industrial Partnering program while he was Associate Director for Engineering. At that time, Engineering at LLNL was an organization of approximately 2,500 people that supported all Laboratory Programs including nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, advanced conventional defense, inertial confinement and magnetic fusion, energy research, and biotechnology. In 1995 he left LLNL and co-founded ITI Medical Technologies, a medical device company that developed unique surgical instruments for the field of Magnetic Resonance Image(MRI) guided surgery, a new minimally invasive surgical paradigm. The company patented, developed, and had FDA approval of a unique line of electrosurgical instruments which are still on sale in the medical market place. In late 1999 he rejoined the Laboratory as Chief Engineer for the NAI/Homeland Security Directorate having the mission of countering the proliferation and use of weapons of mass destruction(WMD) against the United States. From 1999 to 2005 Dr. Werne was on the external Division Review Committee for the Engineering Sciences and Application Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is currently Deputy Director for Industrial Partnerships and Commercialization at LLNL responsible for licensing laboratory developed intellectual property to the private sector and overseeing Cooperative Research and Development Agreements(CRADAs) with industry. Dr. Werne received his Ph.D. in Structures and Solid Mechanics from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Werne is also a pole vaulter in Masters Track & Field ranked in the top five in the U.S. in 2009 in his age group and a part time Assistant Track and Field Coach at a local high school.