CDx Precision Health Group2011 - present
Vice President, Commercial Development

Northwestern University INVO / TTP2008 - 2011
Innovation & New Ventures Office / Tech Transfer Prog.
Executive Director / Director, Business Development

Bio-Com International2004 - 2008
Executive Director, Commercial Development

Motorola Life Sciences1999 - 2004
Senior Leader, Strategy & Business Development
- MLS eSensor DNA diagnostics unit'02 - 04
- MLS CodeLink genomic tools unit'99 - 02

ACLARA BioSciences1997 - 1999
Director, Intellectual Property Management & Licensing

Pangene Corporation1995 - 1997
Director, Strategic Business & Market Development


Executive Business Administration Program
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern Univ.

Valuation & Corporate Venture Capital
Harvard Business School

Ph.D. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of California, Berkeley

Bio-BD Catalyst

Championed I2C at NU’s


“Alan's passion for technology valuation & deal- making plus his vast business development knowledge are what make him a respected leader.”

Marta New, Ph.D., MBA Corporate Venture Capitalist


Employs proven frameworks (roadmapping, tech/mkt gap analyses & valuation) to guide decision making.

Gathers data, uses available solutions before proceeding to drive practical results for maximizing outcomes.

Optimizes use of staff & resources, rolling up the sleeves to deal with impediments.

Built & sustained robust, energetic & high- performing I2C team by focusing on structured processes to achieve successful outcomes.


Applies structured systems-thinking approach to assess the high-level context of unresolved challenges, whether project-, process-, &/or people-related.

Maintains focus on organizational objectives while working through obstacles & competing interests.

Recruited, motivated & coached 40 resident entrepreneurs + led & mentored 5 I2C pros to assess/mkt ~350 tech/IP & negotiate license terms.


Effectively communicates by engaging critical constituents early & often to advance multi-faceted projects with many moving parts.

Builds bridges across departmental silos & facilitates dialogue + co-planning activities among internal & external stakeholders.

Confidently presents key messages & information to diverse audiences.

Concentrated on strategic & collaborative entrepreneurship to get what was needed done with a focus on new venture creation.


Inspired Excellence, Drove Results &
Added Value as I2C Team Leader & Mentor

Northwestern U‘s Annual Licensing Revenue > $150 million in FY’08-11

NU ventures raised $199 million in corporate/private equity funds in FY’11




Sets Clear Direction

INVO colleague / 360 leadership survey

“Alan ensures very clear communication between team members + makes sure everyone knows where & what they’re going & doing, respectively.”

Results Orientation

INVO colleague / 360 leadership assessment

“Alan’s most significant leadership asset is the ability to lead by example ... encompassing keeping projects moving forward in a positive direction … & works well to take the initiative.”

Clear Direction

Head of NU TTP / performance review

“As part of his leadership duties, Alan plans his work well & is organized.”

Personal Capability

Head of NU TTP / performance review

“Alan successfully concluded, under a very tight time frame the nationalization deadline, the option with a license term sheet for [a spinout based on patented NU nanotechnology].”

Honesty & Integrity

INVO colleague / 360 leadership assessment

“Alan leads by example with personal character & conducts himself with integrity.”

Coaching/Mentoring; Listening

Head of NU TTP / performance review

“Alan has worked well with his clients, both internal & external; + works well within the team.”