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Executive Director of OTD's HMS office
BIOMEDICAL ACCELERATOR FUND
Curtis Keith, PhD
Our Business Development Team
The OTD team is an agile group of experienced professionals with diversified foundation in science, business development, intellectual property and contract law. The following are our business development leaders who work closely with Harvard faculty inventors and external entrepreneurs, investors, and industry professionals.
Isaac T. Kohlberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senior Associate Provost and Chief Technology Development Officer
Isaac joined OTD in 2005, as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Associate Provost. Prior to joining Harvard, he served (from 1989 to 2000) as Vice Provost of New York University and Vice Dean for Industrial Liaison and Research Administration at the New York University School of Medicine. Most recently, Isaac was Chief Executive Officer of the Tel Aviv University Economic Corporation and CEO of RAMOT, its technology transfer organization. Isaac was also CEO of the YEDA Research and Development Company, the technology transfer company of the Weizmann Institute of Science, for eight years. He received his LLB from Tel Aviv University and his MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Rich Alcock, JD (email@example.com)
Senior Associate Director of Technology Transactions - MTAs (Cambridge Office)
Rich joined OTD in 2012. Prior to joining Harvard, Rich spent three years at Partners HealthCare in its Office of Research Ventures & Licensing, where he negotiated confidentiality agreements and material transfer agreements, among others. Previous to that, he worked in the general counselís office at Critical Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded life sciences company. Rich also worked for about five years in the business law departments of Boston law firms Hutchins, Wheeler and Dittmar, PC, and Hale and Dorr, LLP. Rich holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Boston College.
Vivian Berlin, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director of Business Development (Cambridge Office)
Vivian joined OTD in 2008. Prior to joining Harvard, over the last 17 years, Vivian held positions in research management and business development at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Mitotix and GPC Biotech. She has led multiple R&D programs, advanced programs from discovery to late pre-clinical development, and helped to establish proprietary positions in several therapeutic areas. She has also been a strategic consultant to several life science companies and investor groups. Vivian holds an MS from the Harvard School of Public Health, a PhD from Stanford University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.
Laura Brass, PhD, MBA (email@example.com)
Director of Business Development (Wyss Institute and Cambridge Office)
Laura joined OTD in 2005. Prior to joining Harvard, Laura worked as a Senior Manager of Business Development at Elixir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company in Cambridge, MA. She has also worked as a Licensing Associate and Project Manager at technology licensing offices for Brigham and Women's Hospital and The University of Chicago, where she was involved with the formation and operations of several biotechnology start-up companies. She has authored and co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to several review articles in her field of cell-cell interactions in plant reproduction. Laura holds a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Anne Craig, JD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director of Intellectual Property (Cambridge and Harvard Medical School Office)
Anne joined OTD in 2006. Prior to joining Harvard, Anne practiced as a patent attorney in private practice for thirteen years and served for seven years as in-house Patent counsel, including a term as Chief Patent Counsel, to small biotechnology start-ups and a large pharmaceutical company. Anne also has four years of business law and litigation experience, including two years as a judicial law clerk in the Massachusetts Trial court system. Anne holds a JD from the New England School of Law, a Masters of Management from Cambridge College, and a BS in Biology from the University of MA, Amherst.
Maryanne Fenerjian, PhD, JD (email@example.com)
Director of Technology Transfer Policy (Cambridge Office)
Maryanne joined OTD in 1999. Prior to joining Harvard, Maryanne served as a technical specialist for the law firm of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. She has held postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Molecular Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and in the Department of Biology at Brandeis University. Maryanne holds a JD from Suffolk University Law School, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, including a PhD in Biology from the Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology (now MCB).
Meghan McCollum Fenno, JD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senior Associate Director of Technology Transactions (Cambridge Office)
Meghan joined OTD in 2011. Prior to joining Harvard, she worked for three years as Associate Counsel for the University of Massachusetts system, supporting its technology transfer offices and offices of research. Meghan also worked for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services as an Assistant General Counsel responsible for technology licensing and development agreements related to the healthcare industry. Prior to that, she was an associate in the Business Law Departments of Saul Ewing, LLP, in Philadelphia, and Choate, Hall and Stewart, in Boston, where she was responsible for technology licensing arrangements, private equity and M&A transactions, and general corporate matters. Meghan holds a JD from the Northeastern University School of Law and a BA from Wellesley College.
Alan D. Gordon (email@example.com)
Director of Business Development (Cambridge Office)
Alan joined OTD in 2005. Prior to joining Harvard, Alan was a Technology Licensing Officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Alan has also served as manager of pre- and post-sales services at WebLine Communications, and his work led to the company's acquisition by Cisco Systems. Alan has also held key technical, sales, and business development roles at several other Boston area start-up companies. Alan holds a degree in Materials Science from MIT.
Julie Hamill, MBA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alliance Manager (Harvard Medical School Office)
Julie Hamill joined OTD in 2011. Prior to joining Harvard, Julie worked in Boston University's Office of Sponsored Programs. Prior to that she worked at Merck Research Laboratories, Boston, in Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics. Julie holds a BS in Chemistry from Villanova University and an MBA, with a concentration in Health Sector Management, from Boston University.
David Jacobson, PhD, MBA (email@example.com)
Associate Director of Business Development (School of Public Health Office)
David joined OTD in 2004. Prior to joining Harvard, David was a Business Development Analyst for Cytyc Corporation, a Massachusetts-based diagnostics and medical device company focused on women's health care. David also worked as a Market Research Analyst for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in the therapeutic areas of tissue regeneration, immunomodulation, blood clotting, and oncology. David holds a BA in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from Boston University.
Curtis Keith, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chief Scientific Officer, Biomedical Accelerator Fund (Cambridge Office)
Curtis joined OTD in 2008. Prior to joining Harvard, Curtis worked at CombinatoRx, Inc., a pioneering company in the emerging field of synergistic combination pharmaceuticals, where he served as co-founder and Senior Vice President, Research. At CombinatoRx, Curtis directed research programs in multiple therapeutic areas, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, osteoarthritis, oncology, metabolic, neurodegenerative and infectious disease, and helped the company to advance a pipeline of several clinical and preclinical drug candidates. Curtis holds an MA in chemistry and a PhD in chemistry and chemical biology from Harvard University.
Sam Liss, MBA (email@example.com)
Director of Business Development (Cambridge Office)
Sam joined OTD in 2010. Prior to Harvard, Sam negotiated M&A transactions, representing small, privately-held technology and services businesses. Previously, he served in a variety of business development, marketing and sales roles at two venture capital-backed startups and was Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Dialogic Corporation, which was later acquired by Intel. He was also a management consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, advising clients in the software, semiconductor and electronics sectors. Sam holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BS in electrical engineering from Syracuse University.
Adam McNulty, MBA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Associate Director of Business Development (Harvard Medical School Office)
Adam joined OTD in 2007. Prior to joining Harvard, Adam worked at Interleukin Genetics, Inc. in business development and at Northeastern Universityís Office of Technology Transfer. Adam holds a BS in Biology from Trinity College and an MBA from Northeastern University.
Gauri Nair, PhD (email@example.com)
Business Development Associate (Harvard Medical School Office)
Gauri joined OTD in 2013. Prior to joining Harvard, Gauri worked in the healthcare consulting firm, Scientia Advisors LLC on advisory projects for biotech, pharma and life science tools companies. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland in College Park for five years where she conducted research on aptamer inhibitors of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase and the sequence preferences of reverse transcriptases from related retroviruses. She has been an account manager for life science tools companies such as Bio-Rad and Life Technologies in India before pursuing her doctoral studies in the United States. Gauri holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Biology, an MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Pune (India), and a BSc in Microbiology from St. Xavierís College (Mumbai, India).
Michal Preminger, PhD, MBA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Executive Director of OTD's Harvard Medical School Office
Michal joined OTD in 2005. Prior to joining Harvard, she held a number of business development and technology development positions at Compugen, most recently as Vice President of Protein Therapeutics, responsible for the business management of the company's emerging drug discovery pipeline. Previously, Michal held several marketing and business development in the hi-tech industry, among others for Lucent Technologies. Michal also co-founded Anima Cell Metrology, a biotechnology startup focused on the real-time identification of proteins as they are synthesized in living cells. Michal holds an undergraduate degree in Medicine from the Hebrew University School of Medicine, a PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
David B. Pruskin (email@example.com)
Senior Associate Director of Operations and Administration (Cambridge Office)
David joined OTD in 2006. Prior to joining Harvard, David worked for CALTRANS, taught Maths and Science in the Peace Corps (Lesotho), led wilderness courses for adjudicated youth with Outward Bound, and held Program Director positions for international adventure travel companies. His experience crosses the boundaries of administration, logistics and equipment management, budgeting, and human resources. David holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Cris Rothfuss, JD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director of Technology Transactions (Cambridge Office)
Cris joined OTD in 2006. Prior to joining Harvard, she served for four and a half years as the Director of Intellectual Property and Corporate Counsel for Control Delivery Systems, Inc., a drug delivery research and development company that was acquired by pSivida Limited in October 2005. Prior to that, she worked as a litigation associate for approximately seven years at the law firms of Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC, in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Bernstein, Cushner & Kimmell, P.C., in Boston. Cris holds a JD from the University of Connecticut and a BA from Yale University.
Gopal Sai, MBA (email@example.com)
Director of Financial Operations (Cambridge Office)
Gopal joined OTD in 2012. Prior to joining Harvard, most recently, Gopal was the Interim Controller for Peoplefluent, Inc., where he managed their contract review and analysis process. Prior to that, he spent over 10 years in various executive roles at L-1 Identity Solutions, Secure Credentialing Division, where he was responsible for Financial Planning and Analysis, Contract Review and Administration, Internal Reporting, and general accounting and administration. Gopal holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Akron (OH), a Bachelorís Degree in Chemical Engineering from Karnataka Regional Engineering College, India, and a Certificate Course in Environmental Pollution Prevention and Control from National Productivity Council, India.
Mick Sawka, MBA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director of Business Development (Cambridge Office)
Mick joined OTD in 2012. Prior to joining Harvard, Mick led global business units and R&D organizations at 3M, Cabot, and Microbia, with full P&L and IP portfolio responsibilities. Most recently he was the President and CEO of Qteros, an industrial biotechnology startup. In these roles, Mick commercialized numerous products and processes and negotiated joint development agreements, strategic partnerships and acquisitions in the chemicals, energy, electronics, and materials industries. Mick holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, an MS in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and an MBA in International Management from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota.
Pierce Schiller (email@example.com)
Business Development Associate (Cambridge Office)
Pierce joined OTD in 2010. Prior to joining Harvard, Pierce was a founding member of Trophos Energy, a pioneering startup in the emerging field of Microbial Fuel Cells. Following this work, he was a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Girguis of Harvard University. Pierce has worked as an advisor with Trans American Investments LLC, a small investment firm, and has started a number of technology-oriented companies, including Arguo Biotech. Pierce holds a BS in Bioengineering from Binghamton University.
Karen Sinclair, JD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senior Associate Director of Intellectual Property (Wyss Institute Office)
Karen joined OTD in 2013. Prior to joining Harvard, Karen served for three years as Division IP Counsel at Thermo Fisher Scientific, supporting its laboratory products and consumables divisions. Previous to that, she worked for seven years in the Intellectual Property Department of Boston law firms K&L Gates LLP and Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. Karen holds a JD from Boston University and a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.
Elizabeth Dana Smith, JD (email@example.com)
Senior Associate Director of Technology Transactions (Wyss Institute Office)
Elizabeth joined OTD in 2011. Prior to joining Harvard, she worked for three years as an associate in the Licensing Group of the Business Law Department at Edwards, Angell, Palmer and Dodge. In addition, Elizabeth worked in the office of Corporate Sponsored Research and Licensing at Partners Healthcare and as in-house counsel for a Cambridge biotech company. Her practice is focused on Intellectual Property-based transactions, which include licensing, R&D collaborations, strategic partnerships, co-promote agreements and cross-border transactions. Elizabeth holds a JD from Suffolk Law School and a BA in History from Tulane University.
Jane Staunton, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senior Associate Director of Corporate Alliances (Harvard Medical School Office)
Jane joined OTD in 2011. Prior to joining Harvard, she worked at CombinatoRx, Inc, where she directed drug discovery programs and research collaborations across multiple therapeutic areas, including Neurodegenerative Disease and Cystic Fibrosis. She has also worked as an independent consultant for early stage discovery programs, and as a scientist at the Whitehead Center for Genome Research. Jane holds BS degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, and a PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Harvard University. She did postdoctoral research at the Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin.
Grant Zimmermann, PhD (email@example.com)
Director of Business Development (Harvard Medical School Office)
Grant joined OTD in 2012. Prior to joining Harvard, Grant was Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Zalicus Inc. partnering an oncology-focused, combination-drug discovery platform with pharma and biotech. Previously, he was head of technology development and inflammation research at CombinatoRx, Inc. advancing multiple candidates through discovery and pre-clinical development, including a phase 2b candidate for rheumatoid arthritis. Grant holds a BS in biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School.
Our Administrative Team
Denlyn Atherton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
IP Portfolio Specialist (Wyss Institute Office)
Bath-schelouna (Louna) Alexandre (email@example.com)
Financial Assistant (Cambridge Office)
Melissa Dacey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senior MTA Coordinator (Cambridge Office)
Melissa Defay (email@example.com)
Financial Administrator (AP) (Cambridge Office)
Ryan Driscoll (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Patent Coordinator (Cambridge Office)
Sarah James (email@example.com)
Executive Assistant to Isaac T. Kohlberg (Cambridge Office)
Elizabeth Kohn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MTA Coordinator (Harvard Medical School Office)
Catherine Maloney (email@example.com)
Patent Coordinator(Cambridge Office)
Janet Maher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assistant Director of Intellectual Property (Harvard Medical School Office)
Financial Coordinator (AR) (Cambridge Office)
Leah Tenney (email@example.com)
Associate, Technology Transactions (Cambridge Office)
Robert Valenti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Operations Coordinator (Cambridge Office)
Aruna Veeraragavan (email@example.com)
Operations Coordinator (Harvard Medical School Office)
Jack Welsh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senior Patent Administrator Harvard Medical School Office)