Mike Perham, Ph.D., CLP, RTTP, has been a member of LES since 2009, having served multiple roles on Annual Meeting Committees, as chair of the Life Science Sector leadership team, and the Young Members Council. He is currently a board member and program chair of the 2023 Annual Meeting.
Mike is the Director, Innovations and External Relations at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, overseeing technology transfer, open science, and external relations. Before HHMI, he handled technology transfer and IP management at UTMB, the University of Virginia, ZyGEM/Microlab Diagnostics, and Health Diagnostic Laboratory. He has spent the last 15 years negotiating licenses, managing IP portfolios and open science programs, and leading litigation efforts.
He studied Chemistry and Math at the University of Texas. He received a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from Rice University, where he was an NIH Biotechnology Trainee and Keck Fellow in the Houston-Area Molecular Biophysics Program.