Ryan Adam Davis, JD, Deputy Director of the VA's Technology Transfer Program
Ryan Davis, JD, Deputy Director of the VA Technology Transfer Program
Ryan Davis joined the VA Technology Transfer Program (TTP) in 2016 through a paid internship program, just a few weeks after graduating law school. Within two months, he was offered a permanent position in TTP, and over the next two years, Ryan helped to rebuild the Program from the ground up: data scrubbing, developing new business processes, acquiring critical business tools, forming key partnerships, and shaping policy to modernize operations. Ryan received a Commendation from the VA Deputy Under Secretary for Health in 2018, for excellent service in support of TTP. Later in 2018, Ryan began serving as Technology Transfer Specialist for ten states in the Upper Midwest and was able to negotiate over 50% of all intellectual property license agreements executed by VA during his three years in the position. Ryan was recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for his contributions to federal technology transfer with the Technology Transfer Professional, Rookie of the Year Award, and later, the Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for licensing the “Habit Camera”. In 2022, the VA Under Secretary for Health presented Ryan with the Exemplary Service Award for his efforts leading the modernization of technology transfer management software across the federal government. Also in 2022, Ryan assumed his current role of Deputy Director, in which he oversees TTP operations and continues to develop policies, processes and programs aimed at accelerating technology transfer and delivery of new products and services to Veterans, VA and the American Public.
Prior to joining VA, Ryan worked for the Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Foundation at the University of Pittsburgh, as a legal advisor and for a boutique law firm in Pittsburgh. Ryan earned a Juris Doctorate with a concentration on Intellectual Property and Innovation law and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Law from the University of Pittsburgh after completing his undergraduate degree in Biology from Washington & Jefferson College. While studying at Pitt, Ryan served as Research Editor for the Pittsburgh Tax Review Journal, received the Excellence in Health Law Award for his written work, and the Outstanding Clinical Student Award for serving low-income families and children in need of medical-legal representation at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In his free time, Ryan enjoys home improvement (the activity and the show), musical composition, skiing, hiking, cooking and Latin dance.