Lita holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT and graduated from the MIT Sloan School of Management as a Sloan Fellow. Prior to joining the MIT Technology Licensing Office, Lita spent 20 years in industry, primarily in the fields of membrane separations, medical devices, and biotechnology, at such companies as Amicon, Millipore, Arthur D. Little, Inc., and Applied Biotechnology.
Lita was the 1992 President of the Association of University Technology Managers, serves on the Board of the State of Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Corporation, and has served on the Boards of the M.I.T. Enterprise Forum, the Cornell Research Foundation and many others. She is a cofounder of PraxisUnico and has served as advisor to the NIH, the National Academy of Sciences and the Office of Technology Assessment of the United States Congress. Lita is also the Intellectual Property Advisor to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a Member of the Order of the British Empire.