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Isaac T. Kohlberg

Senior Associate Provost and Chief Technology Development Officer

Isaac is responsible for the strategic management and commercial development of all technologies and intellectual property (IP) arising from Harvard University’s research enterprise. This includes industry liaison and outreach, IP management, business development, technology commercialization, and the formation of startup companies and new ventures around Harvard technology platforms. In tandem, he is also responsible for generating, structuring, and negotiating research alliances and collaborations with industry and generating industry-sponsored research funding for Harvard faculty.

Prior to joining Harvard in 2005, Isaac was the CEO of Tel Aviv University’s Economic Corporation and head of Ramot, its technology transfer organization. Before that, from 1989 to 2000, he was Vice Provost at New York University (NYU), Vice President for Industrial Liaison at NYU (NYU’s technology transfer program) and headed the Office of Science and Technology Administration at NYU School of Medicine. From 1982 to 1989, he was the CEO of YEDA, the commercial arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Sarah James

Executive Assistant to Isaac T. Kohlberg

(617) 384-7441

Members of the Business Development team are the primary point of contact for both Harvard researchers and our external partners. The directors of business development foster connections with industry collaborators, create comprehensive plans to advance technologies in labs throughout the University toward licensing and commercialization, and catalyze the launch of new startups.

Life Sciences

Irit Ben-Chelouche

Executive Director / Director of Business Development, Harvard Medical School

(617) 432-3896

Vivian Berlin, PhD

Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships

(617) 496-0474

Yelena Bisharyan, PhD

Director of Business Development

(617) 496-0473

Jen Rice, PhD

Director of Business Development

(617) 432-0923

Grant R. Zimmermann, PhD

Managing Director of Business Development, Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator

(617) 432-8231

Prarthana Khanna, PhD

Business Development Manager

(617) 495-4068

Physical Science and Engineering

Erika Bechtold, PhD

Director of Technology Commercialization, Wyss Institute

(617) 432-8257

Alan Gordon

Director of Business Development, Physical Sciences

(617) 384-5000

Sam T. Liss

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships

(617) 495-4371

Christopher Petty, PhD

Director of Business Development, Physical Sciences

(617) 384-5264

Meghan McGill, PhD

Business Development Associate

(617) 495-4068

Reza Sanatinia, PhD

Strategic Partnerships Associate

(617) 495-3068

The Corporate Alliances team manages the strategic research alliances between Harvard and corporate partners that are engaging in multi-year support of projects across the University.

Our two accelerators help bridge the “development gap” by supporting and guiding early-stage technologies with great commercial potential toward key milestones in development and validation.

Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator

Curtis Keith, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer, Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator

(617) 496-0478

Grant R. Zimmermann, PhD

Managing Director of Business Development, Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator

(617) 432-8231

Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator

Alan Gordon

Director of Business Development, Physical Sciences

(617) 384-5000

The Intellectual Property (IP) team of attorneys and legal administrators manages the University’s IP portfolio (e.g., patents), from first filing through to commercialization and beyond. Working closely with Harvard inventors, collaborating institutions, licensees, and OTD’s Business Development team, they ensure good strategic alignment with overall business development plans.

Maryanne Fenerjian, PhD, JD

Director of Technology Transfer Policy

(617) 495-3067

Karen Sinclair, JD

Director of Intellectual Property

(617) 495-4682

Denlyn Atherton

IP Portfolio Specialist, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

(617) 432-8286

James (Jay) Culverwell, JD

Senior Associate Director of Intellectual Property, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

(617) 432-8258

Siobhan Murphy

Patent Coordinator

(617) 496-2516

Peter Sollins, PhD, JD

Senior Associate Director of Intellectual Property

(617) 496-5965

Vani Velamoor, PhD

Associate Director of Intellectual Property, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

(617) 432-8262

Jack Welsh

Senior Patent Administrator

(617) 432-0454

This group of OTD staff provides strategic leadership to guide major initiatives, supports collaboration among closely affiliated institutions, develops new strategic partnerships, and ensures that we provide the highest quality service to all Harvard innovators, to external partners, and to society as a whole.

Maryanne Fenerjian, PhD, JD

Director of Technology Transfer Policy

(617) 495-3067

Sam T. Liss

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships

(617) 495-4371

The Transactions team structures, drafts, and administers OTD’s legal agreements, including those pertaining to technology licenses, industry-sponsored research, corporate alliances, equity, material transfers, and confidentiality. Members of this team streamline negotiations, advise on contractual and policy questions, and ensure compliance with executed agreements.

Jordan Grant, JD

Director of Technology Transactions

(617) 495-4730

Rich Alcock, JD

Senior Associate Director of Technology Transactions - MTAs

(617) 495-4375

Rachel Hogan

MTA Coordinator

(617) 432-3845

Katherine "Kat" Holliday, JD

Senior Associate Director of Technology Transactions

(617) 432-8945

Becky Jenkinson

Agreement Administrator

(617) 384-6694

Stephanie M. Pearl, LLB

Senior Associate Director of Technology Transactions

(617) 496-0290

Melissa Smith

Senior MTA Coordinator

(617) 495-7533

Members of OTD’s administrative staff manage overall operations, human resources, logistics, and reporting/analysis. The Finance team oversees OTD’s fiscal resources and manages accounts payable and receivable, including the disbursement of royalties and other licensing revenue to Harvard inventors.

Selma Bislim

Operations Coordinator (HMS)

(617) 432-0920

Coleen Mahoney

Senior Operations Coordinator

(617) 495-3067

Financial Operations

Marie Letellier

Director of Finance and Operations

(617) 496-7209

Mary DePriest

Financial Associate

(617) 496-0477

Elechi Kadete

Financial Associate

(617) 384-8363

Michael Miller

Financial Associate

(617) 496-9422

Ezlima Sinani

Financial Reporting and Insights, Analytics Manager

(617) 496-3829

Leota Smith

Financial Associate II

(617) 496-0475

Communications is the point of contact for news/media, publicity, events, outreach, and OTD’s digital platforms.

Caroline Perry

Director of Communications

(617) 495-4157