The UConn Technology Commercialization Services team has decades of experience in the field of technology transfer, venture development, and industry relations. Look through the staff list below or email us at email@example.com and we’ll connect you with a TCS team member who can help with your commercialization needs.
Pamir Alpay, PhD
Vice President for Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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Executive Assistant: Joanna Desjardin
Pamir Alpay is UConn’s interim Vice President for Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He oversees the University’s $375 million research enterprise at the main campus in Storrs, the UConn Health campus in Farmington, the School of Law in Hartford, and the regional campuses at Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury. He was appointed interim vice president following a successful tenure as executive director of the Innovation Partnership Building at UConn Tech Park, where he served as the University’s chief advocate for industry-informed research and prime liaison between the research community and government collaborators. A professor of materials science & engineering and physics, Alpay was also the associate dean for research and industrial partnerships for the UConn School of Engineering.
Abhijit (Jit) Banerjee, PhD, MBA
Associate Vice President, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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Administrative Assistant: Jan Rockwood.
Reporting to the Vice President for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Banerjee supports UConn’s continued growth as an economic driver for the state of Connecticut by helping to set an agenda that defines the University’s program in technology commercialization. He is responsible for all aspects of the University’s technology commercialization activities, including patenting, licensing, venture development, and UConn’s business incubator, the Technology Incubation Program (TIP).
Amit Kumar, PhD
Senior Director of Licensing
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Amit is responsible for evaluating the marketing potential of life science technologies and supporting them on the path towards commercialization. He serves as an advisor on business plans and startup strategy for companies with UConn IP, and he establishes and fosters productive collaborations with industry.
Christopher Conners, PhD
Director of Licensing, Life Sciences
Chris supports the tech transfer activities of UConn’s researchers through invention evaluation, patent process, marketing, licensing, and agreement management and negotiation. He supports university startups by providing guidance on intellectual property and information regarding agreement expectations. Chris also provides valuable connections between internal and external stakeholders to support UConn tech commercialization.
Neeraj Visen, PhD
Director of Licensing, Physical Sciences
Neeraj is responsible for assessing engineering and physical science related invention disclosures for patentability and market potential. He supports UConn inventors through management of intellectual property, the creation of invention-tailored marketing plans and outreach, and agreement negotiation and management.
Michael Invernale, PhD
Senior Licensing Manager, Physical Sciences
Michael is responsible for assessing engineering and physical science related invention disclosures for patentability and market potential. He supports UConn inventors through management of intellectual property, the creation of invention-tailored marketing plans and outreach, and agreement negotiation and management.
Ana Lena Fidantsef, PhD, MBA
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Ana supports marketing life science technologies from UConn and UConn Health, working with tech scouts from industry. She is also responsible for reviewing life science technologies for market potential and generating Material Transfer Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements for life science technologies.
Vinay Thakur, PhD, JD
Senior IP Manager, Life Sciences
Vinay works closely with the licensing and business development team in assessing life science related invention disclosures for patentability and other IP related aspects. He supports UConn inventors through management of intellectual property, managing invention disclosures, and by preparing and filing patent applications. He coordinates UConn patent prosecution with faculty and external law firms. He also supports licensing activities by managing invention disclosures, and patenting processes.
Ira Turner, MS, JD
Senior IP Manager, Physical Sciences
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Ira works closely with the licensing and business development team for assessing technology related to engineering and physical sciences. He supports UConn inventors through management of intellectual property, managing invention disclosures, and by preparing and filing patent applications. He coordinates UConn patent prosecution with faculty and external law firms. He also supports licensing activities by managing invention disclosures, and patenting processes.
Intellectual Property Specialist
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Christine coordinates UConn patent prosecution with faculty and external law firms, manages projects and serves as database administrator for TCS. She also supports licensing activities by managing invention disclosures, patenting processes, and is a Notary Public.
Director, Technology Incubation Program (TIP)-Farmington/Storrs
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Paul oversees the Technology Incubation Program (TIP) by discovering, vetting, and recruiting new technology based startups to the program. In addition to managing TIP lab and office facilities, Paul provides support from entry through graduation by preparing TIP companies for funding and mentors them on creating compelling pitches to potential investors, partners, and customers. Paul also recruits new business service suppliers and sponsors to support the TIP community.
Vivek Ramakrishnan, PhD
Director of Venture Development
Vivek Ramakrishnan, is a Director at UConn Ventures. He has extensive experience in private equity and venture capital investing, starting his career at Intellectual Ventures, a $6B fund based in Seattle. Before joining UConn, he was Managing Partner, New Ventures at Ventech Solutions where he focused on Private Equity transactions. He has extensive experience in medical device development, technology transfer, intellectual property management, and fund raising for early-stage companies.
Coordinator, Technology Incubation Program (TIP)-Farmington/Storrs
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Brandon serves as the point of contact for TIP companies’ facilities requests, onboarding, and sponsorship programs. He provides general and technical support, distributes program-wide communications for TIP companies and their staff.
Coordinator, Technology Incubation Program (TIP)-Stamford
Erika serves as the point of contact for TIP companies at the Stamford location and provides general support of TIP Digital.
Coordinator, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Joanna serves as Innovation Advancement specialist where she supports the strategy development of cutting-edge scientific, technological, and entrepreneurial initiatives across the university ecosystem. Joanna is an award-winning journalist and science writer with more than 20 years of communications experience.
Administrative Assistant to the AVP, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jan provides administrative support for the AVP of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, as well as the TCS team. This includes calendar management, meeting organization and records, payroll management, and procurement needs.