Gary M. Sclar, JD
Vice President, Dana-Farber Innovations
firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-632-5807
Before joining BODFI, Gary held the position of Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Counsel for MedMetrics Health Partners and Public Sector Partners. Gary has over 12 years of technology licensing experience, having worked in the technology licensing offices
of Northeastern University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Prior to BODFI, Gary directed laboratories at Washington University School of Medicine and The Jackson Laboratory, specializing in nuclear transplantation and the generation of transgenic and embryonic stem cell knock-out animals. Gary has a Bachelor
of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, a Masters degree from Webster University School of Business, and a JD degree from Massachusetts School of Law. He is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and Federal District Court.
Peter Hodges, PhD
Senior Agreement Associate
email@example.com or 617-632-4818
Peter joined Dana-Farber’s BODFI in 2012 and manages IP from multiple departments.
After teaching at several Boston-area colleges, Peter joined Proteome, Inc., a start-up bioinformatics company. Following the acquisition of Proteome by Incyte Corporation, Peter moved to business development, and was involved in outlicensing Incyte’s
vast patent portfolio. Peter transitioned to technology transfer at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2004 and handled a wide range of technologies, including research tools, bioinformatics and software, genetics, genomics and proteomics, cardiology,
oncology, and stem cell technologies.
Peter received his PhD in Human Genetics from Yale University School of Medicine and did post-doctoral work in RNA biology in the UK at the Clinical Research Centre, Harrow, and at the University of Edinburgh.
Janet Ralbovsky, PhD
Innovation and Licensing Lead
firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-632-6058
Janet is currently a Senior Licensing Associate in BODFI and manages chemistry-related Dana-Farber technologies. Previously, she was a Licensing Associate at the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF), where she was responsible for the commercialization
of a broad portfolio of intellectual property developed at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Prior to joining UTRF, Janet worked in drug discovery as a medicinal chemist and project leader at Johnson & Johnson and Cara Therapeutics,
Inc. Janet holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University, a MS from the University of Rochester, and a BA from Smith College. She is a registered patent agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Innovation and Licensing Lead
email@example.com or 617-632-3704
Jenna joined the Belfer Office for Dana-Farber Innovations in 2017 and is currently the Innovation and Licensing Lead for immunology and virology; software, data sciences, and computational biology; prevention and early detection; population sciences;
molecular biology; and cellular therapies at Dana-Farber. Previously, she was a Licensing Associate at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she managed the protection and commercialization of intellectual property developed across the
university – ranging from life sciences to clean energy. Prior to joining Tulane, Jenna worked with the New Orleans BioInnovation Center to support the development of startups based on technologies licensed from New Orleans-area universities.
Jenna received her JD degree from Tulane University Law School and her SB in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT. She is a member of the Board of Directors of LouisianaBio and is active with the Association of University Technology Managers.
Jodi Hecht, PhD
Licensing Manager and Market Strategist
firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-632-5516
Jodi joined BODFI in 2017. She negotiates transactions between industry and DFCI to support research activities, and she manages the intellectual property portfolio for multiple principal investigators at Dana-Farber. She is also an alliance manager for
several DFCI-industry alliances.
Prior to joining BODFI, Jodi worked as a licensing associate in the Technology Ventures Office at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Jodi received a PhD in Molecular Biology from Boston University, and an MSc in Biology and Vision Science and a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo.
Jing Zhang, PhD
Licensing Manager and Market Strategist
email@example.com or 617-582-8553
Jing joined BODFI as a Technology Transfer Specialist in 2014. She is responsible for negotiating agreements, as well as monitoring financial post-agreement compliance.
Prior to joining BODFI, Jing worked in the Fellows Program at Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development to conduct early commercialization assessment of inventions. Jing received her BS in Biological Science from the University of Science
and Technology of China, and earned her PhD in Chemical Biology from Harvard University. She conducted her graduate and postdoctoral research on oncogenic kinase signaling at Dana-Farber.
Robert Distel, PhD
Licensing and External Relationships Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-632-5258
Robert Distel joined BODFI in 2015 as a Special Advisor for Technology Development. Robert acts as a point person in the ongoing program to bring novel and innovative early stage-technologies and products, as well as collaborative opportunities, to Dana-Farber’s
scientists and physicians. He also works with investigators interested in developing research tools. Prior to joining BODFI, Robert was a member of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Dana-Farber and director of its Translational
Research Laboratory. He was also the the associate director of the Laboratory for Innovative Translational Technology at Harvard Catalyst. Robert earned his PhD in biology from Tufts University and completed post-doctoral training with Bruce Spiegelman
and Dana-Farber. He maintains close ties to the research community as an active visiting member of the Novina Laboratory in the Department of Cancer Immunology and Virology.
Yinka Green, PhD
email@example.com or 617-632-2118
Yinka Green joined BODFI in 2016. Her current role and responsibilities include assisting in: agreement negotiation, licensing and management of inventions and technologies originating from Dana-Farber laboratories. Prior to entering the technology transfer
field, Yinka worked as a chemistry consultant in IP protection in the legal team at Concert Pharmaceuticals, and as a synthesis and medicinal chemistry consultant at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Before consulting, she worked as a medicinal chemist at two
start-ups: Ariad Pharmaceuticals and Astra Research Center Boston, and, following the Astra and Zeneca merger, at AstraZeneca R&D Boston.
Yinka earned a Bsc in Chemistry from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and an MSc and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Manchester, UK. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Purdue University, West
Zachary Rothman, JD
firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-582-7223
Zack joined BODFI as a Research Contracts Associate in 2018. He is responsible for drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a variety of research agreements with corporate sponsors and collaborating institutions.
Prior to joining BODFI, Zack worked in the Clinical Trials Business Office at Boston Children's Hospital preparing written agreements with both for-profit and non-profit organizations for the purposes of conducting and furthering clinical research. Zack
earned a JD with a concentration in Health Law from the Boston University School of Law and a BS from Florida State University.
Yavuz Alparslan, MBA
Information Systems and Programs Manager
email@example.com or 617-632-2323
Yavuz joined BODFI in 2015 as a Database Manager. He is responsible for day-to-day data management, supporting the BODFI Team and planning future development of BODFI’s intellectual property database in InfoEd Global’s Technology Transfer module. Yavuz
works closely with Dana-Farber’s Information Services for technical support, maintenance, and database upgrades. He has extensive experience in information technology and database management systems.
Yavuz has a BA from De Montfort University in the UK, and an MBA from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. He is currently working on his MS in Database Management, Design and Business Intelligence at Boston University.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-632-6658
Brendan Mahoney joined BODFI in 2014. Brendan handles intellectual property compliance reporting to federal and foundation sponsors for Dana-Farber’s inventions and patents. Brendan received a BA in Psychology and Political Science from George Washington
University in 2013.
Senior Finance and Operations Manager
email@example.com or 617-582-7996
Kathy joined BODFI in 2015 as the Financial Systems Specialist. She has extensive experience as a revenue manager in the facilities services, software and media licensing industries, with a focus on financial business process improvement and enhanced
systems utilization. Her roles have included being a core member of an Enterprise Resource Planning system upgrade team and subsequently, a trainer for ERP Financials. Kathy has a BA from Boston University.
Program Administrator I
firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-632-2594
Liza joined BODFI in 2008. Her duties include assisting the BODFI Business Manager with the tracking of legal expenses and the maintenance of monthly royalty sales reports. Liza also provides office management and administrative assistance to the Chief
Business Development Officer.
Before joining Dana-Farber, Liza worked as a Personal Care Attendant and also has considerable work experience in the accounting field.
Administrative Support Specialist II
email@example.com or 617-582-7645
Stephanie joined BODFI in 2014 as an Administrative Support Specialist. She assists with tracking invoices and royalty distributions in our intellectual property database. Stephanie has previous experience working as a financial counselor at Geiger Gibson
Community Health Center and as an administrative assistant at Athena Health.