Michelle is the Senior Director of the Office of Technology Development and is the Director of Licensing and Intellectual Property. Prior to joining Salk, Michelle was a Senior Licensing and Intellectual Property Manager and eventually Assistant Director of Licensing at the University of Pittsburgh. During her tenure at the University of Pittsburgh, Michelle's responsibilities included evaluating, patenting, and licensing biomedical therapeutic and diagnostic technologies both to established biotechnology companies and to University startups. She also worked closely with inventors, business and marketing teams, and colleagues in regulatory affairs on a variety of matters to move innovations from the bench-top to the bedside. From 2003 to 2008, Michelle was a Patenting and Licensing Manager at the National Institutes of Health. During her tenure at the NIH she was involved in the licensing and patenting of innovations from the National Cancer Institute, improving the overall efficiency of the NIH technology transfer process, initiating alliances with industry, and guiding scientists through the regulatory process at the FDA. Michelle was admitted to the patent bar in 2004. She received her PhD in biochemistry and cancer cell biology and held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Melissa is a Licensing Associate at the Salk Institute’s Office of Technology Development. Melissa received her Ph.D. in Cell Regulation from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where she studied lipid signaling in the parasitic protozoan Trypanosoma brucei. Before joining the OTD, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis Laboratory at Salk where her research focused on the identification and characterization of novel host factors mediating HIV-1 replication. She was also an intern in the OTD before moving to her current position.
Tari Suprapto is the Director for Business Development in the Office of Technology Development. She is primarily responsible for creating and nurturing partnerships between Salk and the life sciences industry to support the ongoing research effort of Salk’s scientists, which is directed to discoveries that benefit the public. Prior to joining Salk, Tari was part of the Office of Technology Transfer at The Rockefeller University for 11 years, first as a Technology Manager and eventually the Assistant Director for Outreach & Commercialization. She also spent two years as a Licensing Assistant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Office of Industrial Liaison. Tari has a Ph.D. in cellular and structural biology from The Rockefeller University, a BA (Honors) in Biology from Swarthmore College. She received her RTTP credential in 2014 and is an active member of AUTM.
Anna Gandolfi is the Business Operations Manager in the Office of Technology Development. She is responsible for all operations, financial and administrative functions to ensure efficient and consistent operations. Prior to joining the Salk Institute, Anna had a 27-year career in business management at UC San Diego, working with students, faculty and staff on events and activities ranging from Orientation to Commencement. Anna received her MBA from University of Phoenix.