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Our Team

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Alicia Löffler, PhD

Alicia Löffler, PhD

Associate Provost for Innovation & New Ventures
Associate Vice President for Research
Executive Director, INVO, Center for Translational Innovation (CTI)
Associate Director of NUCATS

Phone: (847) 491-4647
a-loffler@northwestern.edu
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Invention Management

Engineering & Physical Sciences

Arjan Quist, PhD

Arjan Quist, PhD

Senior Director of Invention Management

Phone: (847) 467-0305
arjan.quist@northwestern.edu
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Responsibilities: Oversees Life Sciences and Engineering & Physical Sciences

Life Sciences

Maxine Faass

Maxine Faass

Invention Associate


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Responsibilities: Life Sciences (Therapeutics)

General Counsel

New Ventures

Lisa Dhar, PhD

Lisa Dhar, PhD

Director of New Business Ventures for Engineering

Phone: (847) 491-2225
lisa.dhar@northwestern.edu
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Responsibilities: Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation

Sonia Kim, PhD

Sonia Kim, PhD

Managing Director of Marketing and Commercialization Education

Phone: (847) 467-0446
sonia.kim@northwestern.edu
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Responsibilities: Technology Marketing Efforts & Educational Programs (Practicum)

Operations / Finance / IT

Finance and Technology

Dragos Visan, MBA

Dragos Visan, MBA

Director of Finance & Technology

Phone: (847) 467-4042
dragos@northwestern.edu
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Responsibilities: IT (Information & Systems Management)

Intellectual Property, Compliance & Docketing

The Garage

Chandra Whitfield

Chandra Whitfield

Medill/The Garage Fellow


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Katherine Lewis

Katherine Lewis

Medill/The Garage Fellow


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Jake Juracka

Jake Juracka

Technology Manager


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Responsibilities: Technology

Carly Kramer

Carly Kramer

Marketing & Community Manager


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Open Position

Open Position

VentureCat Project Administrator


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Open Position

Open Position

Administrative Assistant


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NewCures