Valerie Landrio McDevitt is a U.S. registered patent attorney and Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer & Business Partnerships at the University of South Florida. Valerie is responsible for the USF Patents and Licensing office, which acts as the main university contact for industry partners and start-up companies interested in technology transfer. Valerie represents the university and Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, as needed, for research and innovation in matters related to industry connections, startups and technology transfer. Prior to joining USF, Valerie served as assistant patent counsel and a research chemist for Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals. She also participated in the American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship program and worked as a science advisor with a House subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Valerie received her BS in Chemistry from Siena College in Loudonville, New York, MST in Chemistry at the University of Florida, and a JD at Emory University School of Law. She is a certified licensing professional through LES, a member of the Georgia and Florida bars, and is admitted to practice before the Federal Patent and Trademark Office.