Janice L. Panza is a Technology Licensing Manager at the Innovation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary responsibilities involve the assessment, protection, management, and commercialization of the intellectual property generated by University of Pittsburgh researchers in the fields of medical device technology, Chemistry, and Engineering. She received a B.S. degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the Pennsylvania State University and B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, she was a Principal Materials Engineer at URS Corporation where she managed projects within the Research University Agreement (RUA), a collaboration between URS, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and five local universities (Pitt, CMU, PSU, VT, and WVU). The research projects focused on biofuels from algae, carbon management, and energy-water nexus. Her other work experience included patent law, clinical biomedical engineering, and digital pathology, as well as being adjunct teaching faculty in the departments of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh.