The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Business Innovation Fellows Program

 

 

The 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 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

Abdul Tahlil
Abdul Tahlil
Business analytics, engineering, entrepreneurship, finance
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Allison O'Neill
Communications
Becca Rogers
Becca Rogers
Creative problem-solving, business development, marketing and communications, grant-writing and fundraising
Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy
Sustainability, business strategy, and supporting tech startups
Caitlyn Bond
Caitlyn Bond
Marketing project management and process innovation
Christopher Richards
Christopher Richards
Healthcare management and leadership
Courtney Francis
Courtney Francis
Pharmacy, therapeutics, project management, immunizations, medical information
Emily Wilson
Emily Holloway
Non-profit and for profit communications
Hawa Fall
Hawa Fall
Healthcare, immunization, customer service, problem solving
Ian Mitnick
Ian Mitnick
Project management, financial analysis, accounting
John McGuire
John McGuire
Medical device industry project management
Juliane Atim
Julian Atim
Health project management
Kaitlyn Cahill
Kaitlyn Cahill
Healthcare administration and consulting
Kara Manton
Kara Manton
Managing large government and commercial projects
Karen Carswell
Karen Carswell
Market research and brand management
Karen Utgoff
Karen Utgoff
Director, IALS Venture Development
Kathryn Zazzera
Kathryn Zazzera
Project management and communications
Lauren Rothermich
Lauren Rothermich
Project management, consulting, budget planning, environmental regulations, technical writing
Mukul Kelkar
Mukul Kelkar
Pharmaceuticals, biotech, healthcare and life sciences consulting, market research, competitive intelligence, business development.
Nicholas Fitzsimmons
Nicholas Fitzsimmons
AutoCAD, Inventor, Solidworks, Matlab, Python, Arduino, SQL, CRM, Manufacturing, German
Olivia Mosolgo
Olivia Mosolgo
Project management, product development, sustainability planning, mechanical systems, public speaking
Radhakrishnan Manjeri
Radhakrishnan Manjeri
Medical device research and development
Ramsez McCall
Ramsez Amon
Biotechnology business development
Robin Zaboulian
Robin Zaboulian
Entrepreneurship, business development, problem solving, startup progression, medical research, project management
Salim Farah
Salim Farah
Project management, process development and improvement, lean manufacturing
Sam Chiburis
Sam Chiburis
Entrepreneurship in engineering, project management
Sawyer Woodland
Sawyer Woodland
AutoCAD, Draftsight, Solidworks, Matlab, Python, Arduino, SQL, Manufacturing
Sayantani Nandy
Sayantani Nandy
Business consultant in start-ups & scale-ups, entrepreneur
Sean D'Angelo
Sean D'Angelo
International entrepreneurship, marketing and advertising production
Sean OConnor
Sean O’Connor
Project management, consulting, research, public speaking
Sebum Lee
Sebum Lee
Cellular and molecular neurobiology and diagnostic neuropathology.
Shamim Naigaga
Shamim Naigaga
Strong problem solving and analytical skills, writing and oral communication skills and project management
Talley Cain
Talley Cain
Engineering project management, mechanical engineering, logistics, operations, and innovation
Tim Roach
Tim Roach
Advancing the use of medical technologies in the health care industry
vinita rajasekhar
Vinita Rajasekhar
Registered physician [ECFMG Certified], behavioral research, clinical medicine (Surgery, OBGYN, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, ENT, Psychiatry, Orthopedics)
Yosh Schulman
Yosh Schulman
Technology solutions for non-profits and small companies