Dr. Nghia Chiem is a licensing associate in the Knoxville office, where he focuses on the commercialization of technologies developed from inventors of the Institute of Agriculture, Chemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He has more than ten years of experience working in biotechnology and start-up companies. Prior to joining UTRF, Nghia served as a senior scientist for Protein Discovery, a Knoxville-based life sciences company with a focus on commercializing sample preparation technologies for the mass-spectrometry market. He also previously was a senior application scientist at Coventor, and a cofounder of a spin-off company. Nghia has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Alberta, and a B.SC in chemical physics from Simon Fraser University.