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.
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.
Jon joined Salk in October, 2017 as the Director of Licensing. He has over 11 years of experience in technology partnerships, business development and in/out licensing with research institutions across a variety of market sectors.
Prior to joining Salk, Jon was a part of the Business Development team at Indigo Agriculture where he identified and licensed plant microbial technology to help farmers more sustainably feed the planet. Prior to Indigo, Jon was a Senior Licensing Manager in the Partners HealthCare Innovation office where he commercialized innovations from the departments of Anesthesia and Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jon spent the preceding eight years of his career at Boston University. As Director of Business Development, he was part of the core team that developed the most successful licensing program in Boston University’s history.
Jon grew up in Hampstead, NH. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University and his MBA from Boston University. Jon is a registered patent agent and a certified licensing professional. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer and learning about new technology.
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.
Taneashia is the Contracts and Licensing Associate in the Office of Technology Development. She is primarily responsible for generating and evaluating all licensing agreements between Salk and the life sciences industry to support the ongoing research effort of Salk’s scientists. Prior to re-joining Salk, Taneashia was a Staff Attorney at the Legal Services of South Central Michigan. Prior to becoming a Staff Attorney, she was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Hons. Rosemarie Aquilina and Hugh B. Clarke Jr. at the 30th Circuit Court and the 54A District Court, respectively. Taneashia earned her J.D./LL.M., Cum Laude, from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, and her LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Michigan State University College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Taneashia was a Research Administrative Assistant to Geoffrey M. Wahl at the Salk in the Gene Expression Laboratory. Taneashia is a member of the American Inns of Court, Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, and Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity. She has also served as Chief Magistrate for Delta Theta Phi, Historian for Phi Delta Phi, and 6th Circuit Governor for the ABA Law Student Division, as well as Secretary for the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association. She is also the recipient of the Leadership Achievement Award, Distinguished Award, Justice Otis M. Smith Award, Rising Star Award, and President’s Award.
Jenifer Jacobsen is the Material Transfer Agreement Coordinator in the Office of Technology Development. She is responsible for drafting and negotiating Material Transfer Agreements in support of the research efforts of Salk’s scientists. Prior to joining Salk, Jenifer gained a decade of experience in similar roles at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, UC San Diego, Thermo Fisher Scientific and The Scripps Research Institute. She serves as a California Notary Public and is a member of the National Notary Association (NNA) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).
Erica provides administrative support for the Office of Technology Development and Finance. She is responsible for scheduling events, helping coordinate any changes and assist with emailing, organizing files and entry logs. Prior to joining Salk, Erica was an Administrative Assistant for Lockheed Martin’s IT Department in Washington State for almost 3 years, where she was responsible with scheduling, helping with transitioning and coordinating the company’s moves. Erica spends time outside of work by taking her family to the beach or the Zoo.