Albers School of Business and Economics


Adrianne Burns

Intellectual Property
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Company Description

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

Job Description

Adrianne Burns joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November, 2008 supporting the foundation’s Global Health Program. Adrianne focuses on supporting the Program’s grant-making efforts, in particular those issues relating to intellectual property, global access, and data dissemination. In her work at the foundation, Adrianne is responsible for reviewing grantee project proposals, research collaboration agreements, intellectual property management plans, global access strategies, and other related documents that are developed by the foundation’s Global Health grantees with the purpose of facilitating each project’s principal objective of providing affordable health solutions to those people most in need.

Employment History

Prior to joining the foundation, Adrianne had over ten years of experience in intellectual property in both the technology (Microsoft Corporation) and retail (Starbucks Coffee Company) industries.


Adrianne received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Oregon in 1999, and an MBA from Seattle University’s Leadership Executive MBA program in 2009.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

TBD depending on schedules.