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Isaac Kohlberg

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

Sarah James

Executive Assistant to Isaac T. Kohlberg

Email | (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

Erika Bechtold

Erika Bechtold, PhD

Director of Technology Commercialization, Wyss Institute

Email | (617) 432-8257

Irit Ben-Chelouche

Irit Ben-Chelouche

Director of Business Development, Harvard Medical School

Email | (617) 432-3896

Vivian Berlin

Vivian Berlin, PhD

Executive Director, HMS

Email | (617) 496-0474

Yelena Bisharyan

Yelena Bisharyan, PhD

Director of Business Development

Email | (617) 496-0473

Grant Zimmermann

Grant R. Zimmermann, PhD

Managing Director of Business Development, Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator

Email | (617) 432-8231

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Sonalee Barthakur

Business Development Associate

PHYSICAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Alan Gordon

Alan Gordon

Director of Business Development, Physical Sciences

Email | (617) 384-5000

Sam Liss

Sam T. Liss

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships

Email | (617) 495-4371

Chris Petty

Christopher Petty, PhD

Director of Business Development, Physical Sciences

Email | (617) 384-5264

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Jennifer Le Blond, PhD

Strategic Partnership Associate

Email | (617) 495-3067

Meghan McGill

Meghan McGill, PhD

Business Development Manager

Email | (617) 495-4068

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.

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Irina Apostolou, PhD

Innovation Director

Email | (617) 496-0469

Diana Sanchez

Diana Sanchez, PhD

Associate Director, Alliance Management

Email | (617) 432-5465

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

Curtis Keith, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer, Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator

Email | (617) 496-0478

Grant Zimmermann

Grant R. Zimmermann, PhD

Managing Director of Business Development, Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator

Email | (617) 432-8231

Anu Natarajan

Anu Natarajan, PhD, MBA

Senior Associate Director

Email | (617) 495-4232

PHYSICAL SCIENCES & ENGINEERING ACCELERATOR

Alan Gordon

Alan Gordon

Director of Business Development, Physical Sciences

Email | (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.

IP MANAGEMENT

Karen Sinclair

Karen Sinclair, JD

Director of Intellectual Property

Email | (617) 495-4682

Denlyn Atherton

Denlyn Atherton

IP Portfolio Specialist, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

Email | (617) 432-8286

Jay Culverwell

James (Jay) Culverwell, JD

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

Email | (617) 432-8258

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Lindsey Powell

Patent Administrator

Email | (617) 495-3067

Peter Sollins

Peter Sollins, PhD, JD

Senior Associate Director of Intellectual Property

Email | (617) 496-5965

Vanisree Velamoor

Vani Velamoor, PhD

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

Email | (617) 432-8262

Jack Welsh

Jack Welsh

Manager of Patent Administration

Email | (617) 432-0454

IP POLICY

Maryanne Fenerjian

Maryanne Fenerjian, PhD, JD

Director of Technology Transfer Policy

Email | (617) 495-3067

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

Maryanne Fenerjian, PhD, JD

Director of Technology Transfer Policy

Email | (617) 495-3067

Sam Liss

Sam T. Liss

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships

Email | (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

Jordan Grant, JD

Director of Technology Transactions

Email | (617) 495-4730

Rich Alcock

Rich Alcock, JD

Senior Associate Director of Technology Transactions - MTAs

Email | (617) 495-4375

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Natasha N. Aljalian, MBe, JD, LLM

Senior Associate Director, License Oversight & Enforcement

Email | (617) 495-3067

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Tazana Brown

Agreement Administrator Coordinator

Email | (617) 495-3067

Rachel Hogan

Rachel Hogan

Senior MTA Coordinator

Email | (617) 432-3845

Kat Holliday

Katherine "Kat" Holliday, JD

Senior Associate Director of Technology Transactions

Email | (617) 432-8945

Becky Jenkinson

Becky Jenkinson

Agreement Administrator Manager

Email | (617) 384-6694

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Audy Marton, JD

Senior Associate Director of Technology Transactions, Wyss Institute

Email | (617) 495-3067

Stephanie Pearl

Stephanie M. Pearl, LLB

Senior Associate Director of Technology Transactions

Email | (617) 496-0290

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

Senior MTA Coordinator

Email | (617) 495-7533

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Cassy Whooley

Agreements Administrator Coordinator

Email | 617-495-3067

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.

Sarah James

Sarah James

Executive Assistant to Isaac T. Kohlberg

Email | (617) 384-7441

FINANCIAL OPERATIONS

Marie Letellier

Marie Letellier

Director of Finance and Operations

Email | (617) 496-7209

Selma Bislim

Selma Bislim

Finance Associate

Email | (617) 496-9422

Mary DePriest

Mary DePriest

Financial Associate

Email | (617) 496-0477

Elechi Kadete

Elechi Kadete

Financial Associate

Email | (617) 384-8363

John McDonnell

John McDonnell

Operations Manager

Email | (617) 496-3830

Ezlima Sinani

Ezlima Sinani

Financial Reporting and Insights, Analytics Manager

Email | (617) 496-3829

Leota Smith

Leota Smith

Financial Associate II

Email | (617) 496-0475

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

Caroline Perry

Caroline Perry

Director of Communications

Email | (617) 495-4157