Valerie Landrio McDevitt is a U.S. registered patent attorney and Associate Vice President at the University of South Florida. McDevitt has had an over 17 year career at USF, where she is responsible for the Technology Transfer Office, Tampa Bay Technology Incubator, and the Student Innovation Incubator. As AVP, she provides training and guidance to her direct reports, acts as PI on technology transfer related grants, and manages complex issues such as litigation and external deal due diligence.
In her tenure at USF, she has taken the technology transfer program to consistently one of the top ranked for issued US patents and executed licenses, and USF's incubation program has been called by one reporter the "crown jewel" of Tampa Bay serving about 70 companies in the past year.
Currently, Valerie is leading an effort with Florida Funders that will benefit our startup community in Florida. Together, through a startup grant from the federal Economic Development Administration, they are establishing SEED Florida - an early stage fund that will leverage both a traditional VC fund and the power of the Florida Funders Crowd. The will be geared towards early stage and more broad technology areas then most Florida angel and fund investments to date. Florida Funders model and robust diligence will seek to drive syndication with other regional and statewide investors.
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.
She also serves in statewide board positions and represents USF on national committees related to advocacy, public policy, technology transfer and intellectual property.