Expert in Open Innovation, New Product Development, Intellectual Property Management, Technology Strategy
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin - Kenosha, Wisconsin - Racine, Wisconsin - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - Waukegan, Illinois - Arlington Heights, Illinois - Schaumburg, Illinois
|Year: 1990||Degree: Master of Science||Subject: Biomedical Engineering||Institution: Northwestern University|
|Year: 1987||Degree: Bachelor of Science||Subject: Biomedical Engineering||Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|Years: 2016 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Sr. Director, Partner Development||Department:||Responsibilities: Lead efforts to build the innovation pipeline through external partnerships that bring new to Nature’s Bounty and new to the world ingredients and technologies into the portfolio.
• Created entirely new Partner Development function within the R&D organization. Established workflows and built open innovation tool kit. Provided training to R&D.
• Built a network of external partners across a range of technology areas. Completed several deals which provided competitive advantage for Nature’s Bounty in the market.
• Worked cross-functionally to develop and implement a new front-end innovation process for Nature’s Bounty. As the primary R&D team member, screened 200+ ideas and brought top candidates forward to stage-gate.
• Formed strong collaborative relationships with cross-functional partners including marketing, procurement and legal. Seen as a credible, reliable partner.
• Implemented the first invention disclosure process and successfully incorporated IP thinking into the stage-gate process.
|Years: 2011 to 2015||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Associate Director||Department: Oscar Mayer Division||Responsibilities: • Advance Technology Development – Developed and drove the technology and nutrition strategies. Managed a portfolio of technology platforms and external partnerships that provided both short- and long-term business-facing solutions with a business value in excess of $100MM. Worked across business units to identify emerging technologies with broad, multi-business-unit application.
• Meat and Ingredient Research – Led foundational research in areas such as clean ingredient lines, meat formulation, modelling and nutrition. Co-developed and implemented new ingredient system to enable “No Artificial Preservatives” claim for Deli Fresh Selects.
• Consumer and Sensory Science – Created and implemented learning plans for all key projects across Oscar Mayer, including identification and development of new tools. Managed the study budget of $900M and two internal sensory panels.
• Culinary Science – Developed flavor profiles, product prototypes, gold standards and recipes. Explored new cooking methods to deliver products that delight consumers for new products and extensions.
• Capabilities – Led open innovation, intellectual asset management and competitive intelligence for the division. Co-led the Open Innovation Collaborative Network for all of Kraft to ensure open innovation capabilities were developed and leveraged to achieve business results.
|Years: 2011 to 2012||Employer: Enabling Technologies||Title: Section Manager||Department:||Responsibilities: Drove technology development and open innovation efforts in support of business projects and strategies. Developed technology strategy aligned with 3-year business plan. Key areas of focus included development of new food safety systems, ingredient simplification, meat processing, new product development and emerging technologies.|
|Years: 1990 to 2011||Employer: Kimberly- Clark Corporation||Title: Team Leader||Department: Intellectual Asset Management and Competitive Intelligence||Responsibilities: Led team that provided intellectual asset management and competitive intelligence capabilities to all Kimberly-Clark consumer products businesses.
• Team developed and implemented intellectual asset strategy which led to more business-facing portfolio management, and resulted in over $1MM in cost avoidance.
• Issued weekly competitive and patent activity updates.
• Led implementation of strategy tools including war-gaming, Porter analyses, scenario development and partnership identification processes.
|Years: 2008 to 2009||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Director||Department: Intellectual Asset Management & Innovation Processes & Capabilities||Responsibilities: Managed intellectual asset estate to maximize the value of the portfolio.
• Structured and negotiated out licensing deals, consistently exceeding annual revenue targets.
• Led spin out of technology bundle and personnel to form Aurizon Ultrasonics, recently named one of Inc. magazine’s top 5,000 fastest growing private companies in America for the second year.
• Implemented new capabilities to stream-line R&E work processes, including technical documentation and portfolio management.
• Led diverse professional team through significant transition, including downsizing, redefinition of roles and responsibilities, changing work processes and changes in leadership.
|Years: 2003 to 2008||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Director||Department: Corporate Intellectual Asset Management||Responsibilities: Created and led a department of 55 employees across four functional teams:
• Global Alliances and Technology Acquisitions – Led efforts to establish and implement open innovation strategy and best practices. Team managed a portfolio of 20+ strategic relationships and venture capital investments. Personally accountable for deal structure, negotiation and alliance management resulting in more than $100MM in new business.
• Global Licensing – Drove value creation from intellectual assets via out-licensing of technologies and brands.
• Intellectual Asset Management – Accountable for enterprise intellectual asset strategy, including alignment with business strategy. Implemented first corporate-wide end-to-end intellectual asset management system.
• Knowledge Management – Implemented enabling systems and tools to support innovation. Examples include collaboration, document management, tacit knowledge capture and idea management.
|Years: 2001 to 2003||Employer: Kimberly- Clark Corporation||Title: Sr. Research Manager||Department: Corporate New Venture Team||Responsibilities: • Developed new capabilities around open innovation and business intelligence in support of new growth initiative.
• Started technology scouting community and established several key strategic partnerships associated with new business opportunities.
• Developed partnership process and supporting tools.
• Led the creation and launch of an enterprise Information Center Portal and consolidated physical library operations, resulting in improved services and 35% cost savings.
|Years: 1998 to 2001||Employer: Professional Health Care||Title: Research Manager||Department:||Responsibilities: Managed R&D personnel, projects and budget for the Sterilization and Orthopedics Business Teams.
• Supported integration of acquisitions.
• Worked closely with the General Manager to establish business plans and priorities, and provided technical guidance for all projects.
• Supported manufacturing initiatives to improve production and reduce cost.
• Ensured compliance with QSRs and FDA requirements for medical devices.
|Years: 1996 to 1998||Employer: Absorbent Technology||Title: Senior Research Scientist||Department:||Responsibilities: Led cross-functional team focused on fluid, material and product fundamentals for Feminine Care products.
• Initiated studies of fluid rheology and material structure/function relationships to model viscous fluid behavior.
• Supported development of new platform product for Feminine Care.
|Years: 1990 to 1996||Employer: Feminine Care R&D||Title: Research Scientist||Department:||Responsibilities: Led commercialization program for Kotex Natural Curved Tampons.
• Coordinated activity with engineering, marketing, and mill resources.
• Established priorities and set day to day program direction.