The University of Massachusetts Amherst

IALS & Isenberg Business Innovation Fellows Program

 

 

The IALS & Isenberg Business Innovation Fellows program combines business expertise from the Isenberg School of Management and life science innovation from the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS). It's where life science entrepreneurship meets business know how before launching into the market.

The Mission

The mission of the Business Innovation Fellows is to act as a catalyst within IALS and the local community, facilitating the commercialization of research by participating in collaborative learning, business plan development, and establishing partnerships between industry and IALS.

The Business Innovation Fellows work to:

  • Facilitate the translation of basic research to product development and industry partnerships.
  • Prioritize a portfolio of innovative concepts and provide strategic, operational, and business development expertise towards startup ventures.
  • Contribute to a culture of collaboration between the business school, life science and technology researchers, and industry experts.

Services Available

The IALS & Isenberg Business Innovation Fellows offer comprehensive consultation addressing multiple perspectives, including business readiness, team assessment, strategic alignment, market research and viability of product, customer discovery, investor readiness, and operations management. Ad hoc services are also provided.

Contact

If you are interested in working with the fellows, please contact the director, Karen Utgoff at kutgoff@umass.edu.
 

Meet Our Business Innovation Fellows

Business Innovation Fellows provide professional guidance to science entrepreneurs. We work in teams to conduct market research, build proformas and financial statements, raise capital and develop strategies to launch new products that change lives.

Karen Utgoff
Karen Utgoff
Director, IALS/Isenberg Business Innovation Fellows Program
Ramsez McCall
Ramsez Amon
Biotechnology business development
Juliane Atim
Julian Atim
Health project management
Caitlyn Bond
Caitlyn Bond
Marketing project management and process innovation
Kaitlyn Cahill
Kaitlyn Cahill
Healthcare administration and consulting
Sam Chiburis
Sam Chiburis
Entrepreneurship in engineering, project management
Sean D'Angelo
Sean D'Angelo
International entrepreneurship, marketing and advertising production
Emily Wilson
Emily Holloway
Non-profit and for profit communications
Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy
Sustainability, business strategy, and supporting tech startups
John McGuire
John McGuire
Medical device industry project management
Ian Mitnick
Ian Mitnick
Project management, financial analysis, accounting
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Allison O'Neill
Communications
Christopher Richards
Christopher Richards
Healthcare management and leadership
Becca Rogers
Becca Rogers
Creative problem-solving, business development, marketing and communications, grant-writing and fundraising
Lauren Rothermich
Lauren Rothermich
Project management, consulting, budget planning, environmental regulations, technical writing
Yosh Schulman
Yosh Schulman
Technology solutions for non-profits and small companies
Kathryn Zazzera
Kathryn Zazzera
Project management and communications

Institute for Applied Life Sciences

N510 Life Science Laboratories
240 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003-9364
contactials@umass.edu | 413-545-1710

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center