Gayatri Varma, Ph.D. is Director, Partnering & Strategy at MedImmune the early stage biologics R&D unit of AstraZeneca.  At MedImmune, Gayatri leads all business development activities for the Respiratory, Inflammation & Autoimmunity therapeutic area.  In her role she engages with academia, government and companies to set up collaborations and partnerships as well as in and out licensing of assets.  Gayatri came to MedImmune from the University of Maryland where she was Executive Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization.   She joined the OTC team in 1997 as a graduate student and advanced through the ranks to her appointment as Executive Director.  She holds a B.Sc in microbiology from Bombay University, a M.Sc in microbiology from MS University in Baroda, India and a Ph.D.in molecular and cell biology from the University of Maryland.  She is a registered Patent Agent with the USPTO.  She is a Director on the Board of AUTM in the US and is also a member of the Life Sciences Sector Leadership Committee for Licensing Executives Society.