Tech transfer & Intellectual Property Networking Lunch – 2018-04-09 12:00:00 -Levy Mayer LM204 Booth Hall

NUPF is excited to announce the second session of our “Lunch Networking Program”

In collaboration with the Master of Science in Law, NUPF brings you this time the opportunity to learn from and connect with IP & tech transfer professionals on different paths of the career- law firms, tech transfer offices, venture capital, and consulting (check bellow for the short bios of our speakers). This event will entail a one-hour panel discussion followed by a one-hour networking session. Lunch will be provided.



  • Gain a better understanding of career paths in patent law and tech transfer and how to break into them.
  • Establish connections with career professionals and network with peers who share your interest in patent law and tech transfer.
  • Learn about available resources to assist you in this career transition (tech transfer internships/ fellowships, MSL program etc.)


Tom Denison, Co-founder and President of SmartHealth Activator. Tom’s passion is mentoring, advising, funding and founding tech and biotech startups. He has engaged with 200+ startups, at all stages, from concept to exit. He is currently the Co-Founder and President of SmartHealth Activator. SmartHealth specializes in activating extraordinary biotechnology. Nestled at the doorstep of healthcare giants, including Abbott, AbbVie, Astellas, Baxter, Hollister, Horizon, Hospira, Medline, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Takeda, and Walgreens, SmartHealth provides direct access to customers, mentors, investors, co-working space, and seed funding.
Steven Kuemmerle, Ph.D., Special Advisor on Innovation and Industry to the EVP of Research, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  Steve came to RFUMS from the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center where he was Sr. Director, Industry Relations. He joined UChicago in 2013 in a leadership role managing technology licensing and commercialization.  Steve has nearly three decades of healthcare industry experience in R&D, licensing and BD, and venture investing.​
Andrei S. Halavaty, Ph.D., technical advisor with Rakoczy Molino Mazzochi Siwik LLP, a local litigation and intellectual property law firm devoted exclusively to the pharmaceutical industry. At the firm, Andrei assists with preparation of opinions in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and related fields. He also provides scientific support in a wide range of matters, including Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical litigation and evaluation of biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Prior to the firm, Andrei worked as a research associate at the Northwestern University-affiliated Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases, where he focused on gene-to-structure research of proteins from pathogens in the NIAID Category A-C priority lists and organisms causing emerging and re- emerging infectious diseases. Before Northwestern, Andrei carried out research on light-mediated signal transduction in plant photoreceptors at the University of Chicago. Andrei holds a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from Free University of Berlin, Germany; M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Radiobiology and Environmental Medicine from International Sakharov Environmental University, Minsk, Belarus. ​
Gwendolyn I. Humphreys, Ph.D., Invention Manager at NU Innovation and New Ventures (INVO) Office: as an Invention Manager at INVO, Gwendolyn leads patent prosecution and licensing in the focus areas of synthetic biology, medical sciences, and biological therapeutics. She works on a variety of agreement types to support technology transfer activities relating to these focus areas. Additionally, she leads licensing efforts for life science research tools, such as antibodies and mouse models. Gwendolyn received her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. Her research focused on the neuroprotective effects of estrogen in the female brain. While completing her graduate studies, Gwendolyn was a Commercialization Analyst Intern at the Office of Technology Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Northwestern Postdoctoral Forum (NUPF) and the Master of Science in Law at Northwestern University.