Penn Center for Innovation

Technology Licensing

PCI Licensing Group, Central Office

The PCI Central Office is located at 3160 Chestnut St., Suite 200, Philadelphia PA 19104

Shilpa Bhansali, Ph.D.

Consultant, Life Sciences Licensing and Physical Sciences Licensing

Dr. Bhansali supports the commercialization of technologies in the physical sciences, primarily from the Department of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering.

James W. Bowen, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Life Sciences Licensing and Director, Novartis Alliance Licensing Team

Dr. Bowen oversees PCI's activities related to the Novartis R&D Collaboration and Alliance, and supports commercialization of technologies efforts for the life sciences group, primarily from the Department of Medicine.

Carole Burns, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Licensing

Dr. Burns is primarily responsible for managing and commercializing intellectual property emerging from The School of Veterinary Medicine, The School of Dental Medicine and the School of Nursing; she also facilitates industry interactions with these schools.

Helene Hart

Senior Contracts Administrator, Life Sciences Licensing

Ms. Hart negotiates confidential disclosure agreements and provides administrative support for the Director of Life Sciences.

Man Liang, Ph.D.

Licensing Officer, Life Sciences Licensing

Dr. Liang supports commercialization of technologies efforts for the life sciences licensing group.

Lauren Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Life Sciences Licensing

Dr. Miller is responsible for the management and commercialization of technologies in the life sciences licensing group.

Robert H. Schenkel, Ph.D.

Director of Licensing

Dr. Schenkel leads the PCI Life Sciences Licensing Group in the Central Office. His responsibilities include: reviewing invention disclosures, supporting the patent protection process, as well as marketing and licensing of life sciences technologies.

PCI Licensing Group, Perelman School of Medicine Office

The PCI Perelman School of Medicine Office is located at 235-237 John Morgan Building, 3620 Hamilton Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Heather A. Steinman, Ph.D., MBA

Director, PCI PSOM Licensing Office

Dr. Steinman is responsible for the management and commercialization of new technology opportunities developing in the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) and University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS); she is also responsible for facilitating industry interactions with PSOM and UPHS researchers.

Dustin Shilling, Ph.D.

Licensing Officer, PSOM Licensing Group

Dr. Shilling is responsible for the management and commercialization of new technology opportunities developing by investigators in the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), and facilitating relationships between these investigators and industry partners.

Elysia Petras

Administrative Assistant/Office Coordinator

Ms. Petras supports the Director and the overall operation of the PCI PSOM office.

PCI Licensing Group, SEAS/SAS Office

Trude J. Amick, Ph.D.

Director, PCI SEAS/SAS Office

Dr. Amick is responsible for the management and commercialization of technologies in the applied and physical sciences, including the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS).

Pamela Beatrice, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Director, SEAS/SAS Licensing Group

Dr. Beatrice is primarily responsible for the management and commercialization of technologies in the physical sciences, primarily from the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter.

Cortney McClees

Administrative Coordinator, SEAS/SAS Licensing Group

Ms. McClees provides administrative support for all aspects of technology licensing and commercialization to the SEAS/SAS Licensing group.

Corporate Contracts and Alliances

PCI Ventures

Michael Poisel

Director, PCI Ventures

Mr. Poisel is responsible for identifying technologies that are candidates for PCI Ventures support and for the UPstart program, transitioning the technologies into start-up companies, assisting the principal investigators with funding strategies including grant applications, as well as the structuring and negotiating licensing deals with the start-up companies.

Dora Mitchell, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, PCI Ventures

Dr. Mitchell is responsible for working directly with PCI Ventures and UPstart portfolio company management teams to develop business strategies, fund raising plans, marketing materials, and commercialization grant applications in order to increase the overall visibility of the portfolio.

Adrienne McDonnell

Logistics & Marketing Specialist, PCI Ventures

Ms. McDonnell is responsible for managing the company formation process for PCI Ventures and UPstart companies, developing UPstart company logos, websites and marketing materials, and providing administrative support to the PCI Ventures team.

Karina Sotnik

Senior Consultant, PCI Ventures

Ms. Sotnik is responsible for helping PCI Ventures, UPstart and UPstart companies with marketing and business development activities. She is also responsible for creating custom programs within PCI Ventures and UPstart.

PCI Fellows

Tomás Isakowitz, PhD

PCI Fellows Program Director

Dr. Isakowitz established and runs the PCI Fellows program, which provides experiential education to Penn graduate and post-doctoral students. Isakowitz also teaches classes on technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.

Operations

Intellectual Property

Louise E. Battle

Filing Assistant

Ms. Battle is responsible for all the documentary and electronic filing for the intellectual property group.

Jeannine Days

Coordinator

Ms. Days supports invention disclosure review, patent filing, prosecution and maintenance and negotiates inter-institutional agreements.

Jacqueline Harris

Senior Business Systems Analyst

Responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all PCI IT functions. This includes directing all IT operations to meet enterprise requirements as well as the support and maintenance of existing applications and development of new technical solutions.

Steven J. Fluharty, Jr.

Intellectual Property Coordinator, Novartis Alliance

Mr. Fluharty supports invention disclosure review, patent filing, prosecution and maintenance and negotiates inter-institutional agreements, for Novartis Alliance.

Cara Griffin

Senior Coordinator

Ms. Griffin supports invention disclosure review, patent filing, prosecution and maintenance, and negotiates inter-institutional agreements.

Jennifer Langenberger

Director

Ms. Langenberger oversees all components of IP protection, including management of invention disclosure review, patent filing, prosecution and maintenance for PCI.

Michelle McSorley

Assistant Director

Ms. McSorley manages invention disclosure, review, patent filing, prosecution and maintenance as well as return to inventor requests.

Monique J. Timberlake-Brady

Coordinator

Ms. Timberlake-Brady supports invention disclosure review, patent filing, prosecution and maintenance, and negotiates inter-institutional agreements.

Legal Affairs

Nina Burnaford, Esq.

Senior Associate Director

Ms. Burnaford is responsible for all providing legal advice and support to the technology commercialization process, including licensing and other commercialization agreements.

Kathryn A. Donohue, Esq.

Director

Ms. Donohue is responsible for providing legal advice and support for the technology commercialization activities at PCI, including agreements, regulatory and university policy compliance.

Jacqueline Miraglia

Manager, Contracts and Compliance

Ms. Miraglia administers the trademark licensing program, licence compliance, and government compliance for federally funded inventions.

Finance & Administration

Rose Garrity

Financial Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Garrity manages financial activities relating to license agreement obligations; cash receipts and BEN deposits; Accounts Payable; IDS and Travel reimbursements; Procard statements; petty cash; payroll and PennWorks.

Frank LaRosa, MBA

Director

Mr. LaRosa manages the PCI Finance Group and is responsible for all aspects of financial activities relating to license agreements; cash collections; PCI equity portfolio; reporting requirements; budgets and forecasts; financial procedures; various human resources functions.

Lee Ann Morgan, CPA

Finance Manager

Ms. Morgan manages financial activities relating to license agreements including accounts receivable, revenue recognition, accruals, valuation of PCI equity portfolio, monthly PCI financial and management reporting requirements, and documentation and implementation of PCI financial procedures.

Kathryn Nutt, CPA

Accountant/Financial Analyst

Ms. Nutt is responsible for financial activities relating to license agreements including accounts receivable (invoicing, cash collections, etc.), royalty audits and financial analyses; she also documents and implements PCI financial procedures and provides customer support to licensees, departments and schools.

Kerry Vanderslice

Office Administrator

Ms. Vanderslice supports the Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of PCI. She also provides administrative and human resources support, and general office support.