Jill A. Tarzian Sorensen is a senior
innovation manager with twenty years of experience in intellectual asset and technology management. With a focus
on the health and energy sectors, Jill currently serves as the Executive Director of the Baltimore Electric Vehicle Initiative. She
also serves as an advisor to the IDEX Health Innovation Institute, the US Friends Board of the London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine, and the InternationalCenter for Sustainable Development, promoting clean and renewable energy resources locally and globally. She
presently is professional faculty teaching social entrepreneurship and business ethics at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of
Business, through its MBA in the Life Sciences program.
Prior to Bilyan, Jill directed the technology transfer offices of JohnsHopkinsUniversity and the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was responsible for technology commercialization, portfolio management, licensing and equity deals,
intellectual property assessment and valuation. Prior to her assuming the Directorship of UIC’s intellectual property
office, she served as in-house intellectual property counsel to the University of Illinois for twelve years.
Jill earned her J.D. from
B.A. from NorthwesternUniversity, pursued graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Illinois and was a visiting scholar to the
University of Oxford in 2004 and 2007. Jill has served on the Board of AUTM, the Association of University
Technology Managers, as its Vice President for Membership, 2004-2005 and served as co-Chair of the AUTM Executive Forum in
2004 and 2006, a thought leadership forum for technology transfer directors. She has served as a panel and sole arbitrator
in commercial disputes for the past eighteen years, is a registered patent attorney in the United
States, and is registered to practice law in Illinois and in the federal 7th circuit district court.