Courtney Silverthorn

Deputy Director, Technology Partnerships Office


Dr. Courtney Silverthorn is the Deputy Director of the Technology Partnerships Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). With over a decade of experience in Federal technology transfer, she is currently responsible for leading implementation of interagency technology transfer policy efforts via NIST's Return on Investment Initiative and the White House’s Lab-to-Market National Science and Technology Council's subcommittee. Courtney joined TPO in 2014 as a Senior Interagency Policy Specialist; prior to coming to NIST, she held tech transfer and partnership development roles at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and the National Cancer Institute.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Research Interchange, a world-wide network of thought leaders from large corporations, small businesses, and federal labs focusing on researching, developing and sharing best practices in innovation management, and serves as the Finance Officer on the Executive Board of the Federal Laboratory Consortium, a nationwide network of over 300 Federal laboratories focused on enabling commercialization of federally-funded technological developments.

Dr. Silverthorn earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Sweet Briar College; certificates in Biotechnology Enterprise from Johns Hopkins and in Policy Strategy from the Brookings Institution, and will complete the Masters in Leadership from Brookings/Washington University in St. Louis in April 2020.