Jim is the Executive Director of the Corporate Alliances team at PCI and has worked in technology partnering, licensing and commercialization at Penn since 2008. His team leads business development, strategy, negotiation, execution, alliance management and oversight of large, innovative and mutually beneficial strategic alliances for Penn with many corporate, non-profit and foundation partners.
Jim and his team pioneer and build innovative translational alliance programs with the goal to align fundamental inventions with teams of scientists and business people to develop innovative and impactful technology solutions for some of society’s biggest problems and challenges. The alliance program partnerships have generated significant basic research, manufacturing development, clinical trial funding and licensing revenue to Penn, and resulted in the creation of multiple start-up companies based in the Philadelphia area and elsewhere that have collectively raised substantial equity financing and in numerous cases have gone public. These partnerships have resulted in the approval of two transformative new products with many other products under active development.
Jim received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from The University Chicago and a B.A. (double major) in Biology and Economics from The University of Virginia. He is also a registered U.S. patent agent. Prior to joining Penn, Jim worked for a biotechnology company in the Philadelphia area working in a business development and intellectual property management capacity.