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Suseelan Pookote
Interim Director

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.

Technology Managers
Mark Krivchenia
Senior Technology Manager

Mark Krivchenia has been a University technology transfer professional for nine years. For five years he worked at the Purdue Research Foundation and managed the IP portfolio for the College of Agriculture. During his tenure at Purdue he handled numerous technologies in the alternative energy, agricultural biotechnology and foods/nutrition areas. He has also worked with numerous faculty members in assisting them to start up companies with their technologies. For the past three years, he has worked at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). At UIC, he manages the majority of the IP portfolio for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Science.  

Prior to doing University technology transfer, Mr. Krivchenia spent 16 years in research and development for General Mills, Inc, becoming an R&D director in the company’s Food Service Division. He has extensive experience in product development and product commercialization in his many roles with General Mills.

Mark has a B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota, and an M.S. in Food Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He is an member of the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executives Society (LES).

David Klick
Senior Technology Manager

David joined the Office of Technology Management in January 2011 as a Technology Manager and is now a Senior Technology Manager. David is responsible for managing a portfolio of medical-related technologies, including evaluation, patenting, marketing, and licensing activities.

Prior to joining UIC’s Office of Technology Management, David was an associate in the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development at the Georgia Health Sciences University.

David earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the Medical College of Wisconsin for research elucidating the molecular mechanisms regulating the developmental expression of a human liver enzyme involved in drug metabolism. David has also received a law degree and a M.B.A. from Marquette University and a B.S. in biology and chemistry from St. Norbert College. David is a registered patent attorney and is a current member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES).


Nelson Grihalde
Technology Transfer Coordinator

Nelson Grihalde became the Technology Transfer Coordinator at the UIC OTM in July 2010. His responsibilities include supporting the OTM in IP management, evaluation, marketing, and licensing of technologies at UIC. Prior to joining UIC he was an Associate Project Manager for UChicagoTech, University of Chicago’s Office of Technology and Intellectual Property.

Nelson has a wealth of industrial experience, which he now uses to support drug discovery, company startup and medical translation initiatives within the university setting. Before joining UChicagoTech, Nelson was an Associate Research Investigator at Abbott Laboratories’ Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development group with experience in multiple therapeutic areas, including Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Thrombolytics, and Hematopoeitic factors. He has a solid understanding of the drug discovery process including assay development, HTS, and small molecule Hit-to-Lead strategies leading to clinical candidate identification. Nelson has served as a project manager for alliance collaborations with biopharmaceutical companies focused on antibody engineering, therapeutic biologics and natural product screening.

Nelson received his B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology of Northwestern University and his Ph.D. from the Department of Biology of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He completed an industrial postdoctoral fellowship within the Abbott Diagnostics Division developing phage display libraries, before joining the company’s Thrombolytics Venture Group in support of Abbokinase®. He is a lead inventor on several Abbott patents and has authored scientific publications, review articles and delivered conference presentations. Nelson is an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES).


Jonathan Gortat
Senior Technology Manager

Jonathan Gortat joined the University of Illinois-Chicago Office of Technology Management as a senior technology manager in October 2015.  He is responsible for managing a portfolio of technologies emanating from the departments of chemical engineering, chemistry, bio-engineering, psychology, magnetic resonance research, neurosurgery, psychiatry, radiology, and urology  including technology and market assessment, valuation, negotiation and licensing of UIC intellectual property assets. 


Prior to joining UIC, he has more than 7 years’ experience working in technology transfer at Purdue Research Foundation and managing director for the Emerging Innovations Fund, a pre-seed investment fund for Purdue Research Foundation.  Prior to PRF, he has more than 5 years industrial pharmacy research and project management experience.  He has extensive experience in pharmaceutical and chemical unit operations and analytical methods associated with the pharmaceutical industry. 


He holds an MBA from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University and a baccalaureate of science degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.  Jonathan is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and is a current member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).


Melissa Maderia
Technology Manager

Melissa Maderia joined the Office of Technology Management at UIC in November 2016.  Melissa is responsible for managing a portfolio of medical-related technologies, including evaluation, patenting, marketing, and licensing activities.  She works closely with faculty in the Chemistry Department, several units in the Department of Medicine, College of Applied Health Science, College of Dentistry, and College of Nursing.  She currently promotes UIC technologies to attract industry partners for further development and commercialization.  


Melissa completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2000.  She continued from there to the University of Minnesota for a post-doctoral fellowship in biochemistry and molecular biology and then to the National Cancer Institute for a second post-doctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry (now called the Chemical Biology Laboratory).  Deciding to transition from the lab to a career in technology transfer, Melissa joined the Technology Transfer Center at the National Cancer Institute (NCI-TTC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in November 2005 as  a Technology Transfer Specialist.   Dr. Maderia completed her Masters in Management with Marketing in 2011 and an MBA in 2013 from University of Maryland University College.

Professional Staff
Michael Martin
Senior Patent Coordinator


Sandra Thompson
Patent Coordinator
Heather Claxton-Douglas
Agreement Specialist


Kimberly Wright
Office Manager
Okjoo Choi
Financial Coordinator


Tamira Davis
Business Administrative Associate