Krishna J. Patel, PhD, is Awarded the Howard Bremer Scholarship by the Association of University Technology Managers

Krishna J. Patel, PhD, cRTTP, Business Development and Licensing Analyst of Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP), was awarded the Howard Bremer Scholarship through the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). The Scholarship honors emerging professionals bringing creativity and an innovative spirit to the academic technology transfer profession.

“This opportunity inspires me to strengthen my innovation management techniques and, most importantly, build productive collaborations with industry partners to enhance commercialization efforts of promising early stage technologies,” Patel said.

A globally recognized program, the Scholarship gives recipients the opportunity to engage with scientists and stakeholders, including venture capitalists, corporate executives, and lawyers, to explore the various models of technology development that can benefit the patient population, such as incubators, public-private partnerships, and other collaborative efforts across the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“My passion for scientific research transitioned into a strong interest in technology commercialization, where I can be at the forefront of cutting-edge science and help translate discoveries that will improve the healthcare industry,” Patel said.

Patel joined MSIP in December 2017. He manages a diverse portfolio of therapeutic assets across different stages of translational development, ensuring that new technologies with scientific novelty and commercial potential are made available to patients. He develops commercially relevant patent strategies, identifies potential commercial partners, creates compelling pitch materials, and engages in deal-making activities and negotiation support.

“Krishna proactively looks to expand his knowledge base and takes the initiative to shadow senior team members so that he is exposed to the breadth of complex matters that [MSIP] handles,” said Lisa Placanica, PhD, Managing Director of Business Development and Licensing with MSIP. “This intellectual curiosity ensures he will continue to grow as a technology transfer professional.

AUTM, a nonprofit organization that leads efforts to educate, promote and inspire professionals to support the development of academic research, created the Scholarship in 2003 in honor of the organization’s former President Howard Bremer. AUTM’s community is comprised of more than 3,000 members who work in more than 800 universities, research centers, hospitals, businesses and government organizations around the globe.

“The Scholarship allows for an educational opportunity on the numerous facets of technology transfer, drawing from the broad experiences and viewpoints of fellow AUTM members,” Placanica said. “We congratulate Krishna on this well-deserved achievement.”