Summary

Aciting Director, Office of Technology Transfer, George Mason University

Information

Web: OTT page  LinkedIn

Email:  hmehta4@gmu.edu
Phone:  703-993-3879
Address:  Office of Technology Transfer
George Mason University
Research Hall, 359, Fairfax Campus
Fairfax, VA 22030

Biosketch

Unique ability to integrate technical and business skills to deliver impact within multiple industries but specifically in the pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare industry.

Possess the ability to leverage insights gained from data, past and current experiences from commercial, technical and strategic roles to enhance/ drive innovation, drive business growth and achieve enterprise targets depending on business needs.

Articulate, superior communication and team-working abilities with past measurable experience
in technology transfer, technology commercialization, market analytics, data mining, business/marketing strategy, business development in current and emerging markets

Education

Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Marketing, Strategy
Grade3.9
2010 – 2012

Activities and Societies: Track representative for incoming class 2010, Committee member, External Relations PTMBAA, VP, External Relations, HealthCare Business Association
Focus Areas: Marketing and Business Strategy
Intern: Net Centric Behavioral lab, Department of Marketing, Robert H. Smith School of Business- Conducted consumer behavior research
Board member, External Relations Committee, Part time MBA Association, Track representative for class of 2012

Indian Institute of Chemical Biology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); of science

Neuroscience, Biology
1999 – 2004

Analyzed the risk associated with Parkinsonian tremor-project funded by Government of India. Identified the use of serotonin blocker as an effective therapeutic approach in addition to the commonly used levadopa in treating Parkinson disease
Authored doctoral thesis and three publications in the journals Behavioral Brain Research (2005 and 2003) and Neuroscience Letters (2001)
Research findings were presented at conferences in India, Hong Kong and Sweden to more than 5000 participants representing the

University of Calcutta
Master of Science
Zoology and Genetics

University of Calcutta
Bachelor of Science
Zoology

Experience

Associate Director
Office of Technology Transfer at George Mason University
d2016 – Present
Washington D.C. Metro Area

Licensing Associate
Office of Technology Transfer at George Mason University
2013 – Feb 2016

– Evaluate technology invention disclosures across disciplines- biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices, IT and engineering and physical sciences for scientific merit, patentability and commercial potential
– Manage GMU patent portfolio and identify new opportunities for potential commercialization
– Lead business development, marketing and licensing efforts for IP generated from GMU
– Develop commercialization strategies for the inventions, market patentable inventions to existing companies or startups
– Identify potential licensee, conducted due diligence, source deals, negotiate term sheets and licensing agreements, conduct diligence on existing licenses
– Draft, negotiate and execute a variety of agreements including licensing agreements, MoU, nondisclosure agreements and material transfer agreements
– Business development for the University to get sponsored research
– Industry Liasion for faculty and the University

Projects Management
Asha for Education
Jul 2006 – Dec 2013

-Receive, Evaluate and manage educational projects in India
– Coordinated community outreach and managed volunteer teams
-Created communication plan and marketing strategy for fund raising which resulted in successful partnership with CNN for media coverage
-Researched best practices for volunteer management and community engagement

Founding Team Member/Mentor
Ultrasafe Ultrasound
Aug 2012 – Sep 2013
Washington D.C. Metro Area

• Developed a business plan for a novel ultrasound technology to curb female feticide. Pitched prototype development to venture capitalists
• Established a joint venture partnership with a software company in India to develop prototype
• Winner of Top 10 social innovation idea award at Dell Social Innovation Challenge 2013 and Dell Women Empowerment Challenge 2013
• Semifinalist in Global Social Venture Competition 2013 at Columbia Business School and George Washington University Business Plan Competition 2013
Technology Consultant
Technology Consultant
Nov 2012 – Jul 2013
Washington D.C. Metro Area

Independent Consultant- Technology analysis for commercial viability, technology research, market research, strategy development, project management, commercialization plan, business risk, client development, client management.

– Assisted an established consulting firm with scientific and business database research related to food safety testing and point-of-care diagnostics
– Identified and researched potential competitor and partner companies in food safety industry to develop market expansion strategy
– Assisted consulting firm with preparation of final report and presentation for client to recommend possible markets for their products
Technology Commercialization Lead
Robert H Smith School of Business
Jan 2012 – Jun 2012
University of Maryland

Solid Polymer Electrolyte for Li-Ion Battery: Scoped market, business needs and prepared a business model canvas for the commercialization of a new battery technology
Collected primary and secondary data, and developed future cash flow models to prepare cost benefit analysis reports
Identified target market, distribution channels and pitched to venture capitalist to fund the final phase of product development
Facilitated a licensing opportunity with a major multi-billion-dollar medical device company

MBA Consultant
Company NameCenter for Social Value Creation
Dates EmployedSep 2011 – Dec 2011
Employment Duration4 mos
LocationWashington D.C. Metro Area
Consulted DC Association of Charter Public Schools, Strategy recommendation for best practice adoption, based on data analysis for improvement of DC charter schools

Postdoctoral Scientist
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Dec 2005 – Jul 2010

Conceived and developed cancerous neuronal cell model and Parkinsonian mouse model – introduced a new strategic direction to the previously existing research focus on protein signaling during oxidative stress
Directed research strategy in individual and team-based projects that led to scientific journal publications (Cell Death Differentiation, 2010)
Mentored, coached and trained 5 undergraduate students
Streamlined protocols for hazardous material handling, crisis management and regulatory compliance
Negotiated equipment, material and budget allocation between departments leading to overall cost-reduction

Postdoctoral Scientist
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Apr 2005 – Oct 2005

Evaluated the safety of attenuated herpes viral vectors currently used in clinical trials- a risk assessment for public health safety showed that these viral vectors are unsafe to be used as therapeutic reagents.

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