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Suseelan R. Pookote, Ph.D., joined the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. Prior to that he was the Director for Business Development for Durata Therapeutics. He joined Advanced Life Sciences in March 2001 as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and continued in that position till 2011. Prior to joining Advanced Life Sciences, Dr. Pookote worked at Monsanto Company from 1980 to 2000, where he had responsibility for technology and business development in a variety of industry segments such as food, nutrition, biotechnology and specialty chemicals. At Monsanto, Dr. Pookote concentrated on technology evaluation, licensing and corporate transactions, including the negotiation of technology licensing deals with academic institutions. Dr. Pookote received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University.