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Northwestern University
Caroline Ko

Caroline Ko

Project Leader

Phone: 847.467.4937

Caroline joined INVO in 2017 as Project Leader of NewCures. She manages the NewCures effort along with its Executive Director, Prof. Karl Scheidt, and INVO Executive Director, Alicia Loffler, to accelerate biomedical research from early discovery stages to more advanced clinical stages or commercialization. 

Caroline’s passion is to help translate research ideas into viable products for societal benefit. She is experienced in drug development from the bench to bedside as demonstrated by her postdoctoral research, which focused on a Northwestern technology for which she facilitated IND approval by the FDA for early phase clinical study. The clinical study opened and dosed its first patient in 2017.

Prior to joining INVO, Caroline was Chief Scientific Officer and Industrial Liaison at International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) at Northwestern University. At IIN, she was responsible for representing and managing scientific and industrial efforts of the IIN and Prof. Chad Mirkin’s Research Group.

Caroline received her B.S. in Chemistry from University of Michigan, her M.A. in Psychology (Brain & Behaviour) and Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology (Brain & Behaviour) from University of Toronto.  During her Ph.D., she also pursued projects at Northwestern’s Department of Neurobiology and Physiology. Her post-doctoral work at Northwestern focused on nanoparticle based therapeutics development. She is author of over 22 peer-reviewed publications.

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