Gayle Searfoss, Marketing Specialist II for Office of Technology Commercialization. Searfoss is responsible for coordinating the marketing of Purdue's intellectual property that is managed by the Office of Technology Commercialization. She works with Project Managers to identify the target markets, coordinating the preparation of NCSs (NonConfidential Summaries), preparing market summaries and identifing companies within the targeted industry and/or with similar intellectual property as potential licensees. Searfoss coordinates the preparation of marketing packets of specific technology portfolios for venture capitalists who have expressed interest in a discovery. She also directs the technology showcases held throughout Indiana, where state universities have the opportunity to present technologies available for licensing and/or investment.
Before joining OTC, Searfoss worked for Arxan Defense Systems where she served as an administrative assistant, office manager, recruiting officer and facility security officer. Prior to Arxan, she worked for Henriott Group (insurance), and for the West Lafayette Community School Corporation. There was a 12-year lapse in outside employment when she had her favorite job as a stay-at-home mom.
She earned an M.S.B.A. and a bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in economics from Indiana University at South Bend.
What is one invention that you just couldn't live without? The internet and my Apple laptop.
If you could take one invention back in time to show off, what would it be, and to what time period would you take it? I would take Crestor back to the 80's because it was during this time that my dad's arteries became blocked by plaque caused by high cholesterol. After two open heart bypass surgeries and a couple of balloon angioplasties, he succumbed to congestive heart failure in 1994. Crestor is a miracle drug when it comes to lowering cholesterol.
Pick three of the happiest moments thus far in your life. Marrying Steve; the birth of my daughter, Christine; and the birth of my son, Bryan.
If someone promised you enough money to remodel/redecorate one room of your house, which room would that be? My bedroom.