Leadership & Technology Managers
The Office of Technology Management hosts a vibrant commercialization team that is at the forefront of efforts that allow us to travel across the country and around the world, developing relations with industry partners and licensing Illinois technologies.
Nancy Sullivan, Director
Ms. Sullivan serves as the Director of the Office of Technology Management (OTM) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As Director, she leads a team of nine professionals responsible for the identification, protection, marketing and licensing of intellectual property arising from the more than $300 million in research conducted on the campus. Ms. Sullivan also works with a wide range of campus, corporate and community partners, furthering the office’s mission to encourage innovation, enhance research and facilitate economic development.
Prior to joining the OTM, Ms. Sullivan was Senior Director of Business Development for KeraCure, an early-stage biotechnology company currently in clinical trials of a cell-based device for treatment of chronic wounds. Previously, Sullivan was Director of the Entrepreneurial Life Sciences Initiative at Northwestern University.
Ms. Sullivan earned her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Master’s in Biotechnology, also from Northwestern. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola University.
Jeremy Hollis, Assistant Director of Business Development
Jeremy Hollis joined the Office of Technology Management in October 2009 as a Technology Manager. He is responsible for managing a portfolio of medical-related technologies, including evaluation, patenting, marketing, and licensing activities.
Prior to joining the UIC OTM, Jeremy was Vice President for LEAMgroup, a university spin-out company focused on providing dynamic spatial modeling services to economic development organizations and governments related to land use change. Before LEAMgroup, Jeremy was a Senior Consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s Intellectual Asset Management practice. At Deloitte Jeremy worked with industry and university clients to development intellectual property management strategies and processes. He also assisted clients in the evaluation, marketing, and licensing of technologies in a diverse range of fields.
Jeremy earned his MBA from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Biology, also from the University of Illinois. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Tulsa.
Technology Management Team
Mark Krivchenia, Senior Technology Manager
Mark Krivchenia has been doing University technology transfer 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 handles 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 doing 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, Technology Manager
David joined the Office of Technology Management in January 2011 as a 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).
Wade Green, Senior Technology Manager
Wade joined the Office of Technology Management as Senior Technology Manager in January 2012. In this position, Wade is responsible for the evaluation, establishment and marketing of intellectual property emanating from the College of Medicine.
Wade has been a technology transfer profession for nearly six years and has managed intellectual property portfolios in the Office of Technology and Intellectual Property at The University of Chicago as well the Office of Technology Development at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH. Although his area of expertise is the biological sciences, he has also managed intellectual property from fields as diverse as crop sciences, physical sciences and education.
Wade received both a B.S. and M.S. in Microbiology from Michigan State University where he specialized in viral pathogenesis. He also received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from The University of Chicago where his worked focused on bacterial pathogenesis. Wade continued his formal training as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston studying the disease mechanisms of Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax. Wade is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Michael Carr, Associate Technology Manager
Michael joined the Office of Technology Management as an Associate Technology Manager in March 2011. He is responsible for managing a portfolio of technologies emanating mainly from the College of Nursing, the School of Public Health, the College of Applied Health Sciences and the College of Business Administration. His duties include the evaluation, marketing, and licensing of Intellectual Property created by faculty members within the University.
Michael worked in the UIC Office of Technology Management for two years prior to becoming an Associate Technology Manager. He joined the OTM as a Technology Analyst before taking on the role of Lead Commercialization Analyst in January 2010. Formerly, Michael worked in the R&D laboratory at D.A. Stuart, a chemical company that specialized in industrial lubricants and coolants. Before that, he attended the University of Michigan as a Ph.D. candidate doing research in synthetic organic chemistry.
Michael earned his MBA from the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business. He earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Hope College.
Jennifer Andrew, Associate Technology Manager
Jennifer joined the Office of Technology Management in February 2012 as an Associate Technology Manager. Jennifer 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, Jennifer was a patent attorney at Oliff & Berridge, PLC, where she prosecuted patents in the chemical and mechanical arts. Previously, Jennifer worked as a forensic DNA scientist at the Michigan State Police.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University and her Juris Doctor degree with a specialization in Intellectual Property also from Michigan State University. Jennifer also completed graduate work in Forensic Science as a Master of Science candidate at Michigan State University. Jennifer is a licensed patent attorney registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Nelson Grihalde, Technology Transfer Coordinator
Nelson Grihalde became 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 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 currently an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES).