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Ray Friesenhahn, CLP

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Montana State University
Senior Technology Manager, SBIR Outreach Manager

Ray Friesenhahn, Senior Technology Manager, has been involved in technology transfer at TechLink since 1997, specializing in cooperative R&D partnerships. Ray manages TechLink’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and technology transition assistance programs. Under his direction, TechLink’s DoD SBIR assistance program has expanded to a national scope. Ray also has developed innovative state-supported programs to assist Montana companies with all federal agency SBIR programs. His work was recognized in 2007 with a prestigious National Tibbetts’ Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the SBIR Program.” Previously, Ray conducted technology transfer for NASA for several years at the Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center. He also spent ten years conducting R&D in the defense industry and has been involved with several private sector start-ups. Ray has a BS degree in physics and an MBA (entrepreneurship focus) from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Certified Licensing Professional.