Mike Perham

Job Title: Director, Innovations and External Relations
Company: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Mike Perham, Ph.D., CLP, 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 2022 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, Microlab Diagnostics, a startup out of UVA, and Health Diagnostic Laboratory. He has spent the last 14 years negotiating and managing a wide variety of out-and in-licensing agreements, Intellectual Property rights transfer from open-source to collaborative development arrangements, managing IP portfolios, and leading litigation efforts.

He studied Chemistry at the University of Texas and 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.