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Nicole Janovick, PhD, JD

Nicole Janovick, PhD, JD

Invention Manager

Phone: (847) 467-0320

Nicole manages a variety of inventor portfolios with a primary focus in the life sciences, including medical devices, health data/IT, and biotechnology. In her role, Nicole develops intellectual property protection strategies for research discoveries with an eye toward moving discoveries to the public domain. To this end, she manages a variety of aspects related to securing intellectual property rights, including patent prosecution, and leads transactional efforts for her portfolios, including drafting and negotiating option, license, and joint-ownership agreements. 

Nicole also provides guidance related to policies and intellectual property protection strategies to a variety of members in the Northwestern community. She works closely with neighboring institutions, such as Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (f/k/a the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), to manage jointly-owned intellectual property created through collaborations with Northwestern University. She also interacts with several other offices on campus, including the Office of Sponsored Research and Office of General Counsel, on matters related to Northwestern’s intellectual property policies and intellectual property-related contract provisions.

Prior to joining INVO, Nicole was General Counsel for a not-for-profit organization and a start-up investment company where she managed compliance matters, project planning and oversight as well as evaluation and due diligence related to investment initiatives. Nicole also worked in technology transfer at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she assisted with the evaluation of invention disclosures from the Institute for Genomic Biology. She also developed a recommendation for Proof of Concept funding program at the Institute.

Nicole completed her JD at the University of Illinois in 2011 and is admitted to the Illinois State Bar. She holds a PhD in Animal Science at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Her dissertation research focused on nutrition and metabolic disease. Nicole earned her MS and BS at Iowa State University.
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