New executive director of Technology Transfer

We are pleased to announce that Neil Veloso will join Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures as the executive director of technology transfer, effective May 18.

Neil has extensive experience in technology transfer and commercialization. He has spent the last nine years of his career in a variety of roles at Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI) in Ohio. Currently, he is serving as the senior director of innovation management, a role in which he directs technology commercialization at Cleveland Clinic and at seven of CCI's Innovation Alliance Partners. In this role, Neil focuses on commercialization strategy across a broad portfolio of both academic and hospital system assets. He manages a team that advises inventors, administers intellectual property, and promotes commercialization through licensing, new venture creation, and the development of industry partnerships. Neil's collaborative leadership style and ability to work with myriad constituents has been cited repeatedly as one of his great strengths by former colleagues and industry partners.

In addition to demonstrating strong management skills, strategic vision, and deep proficiency in deal execution, Neil also has a strong record of working with physician-scientists and researchers to identify technologies with commercial potential and develop technology value based on industry feedback and experience. Through this experience, he has developed a customer service orientation that will serve all our constituents well—both faculty and industry partners.

Kenneth Kinzler, professor of oncology, director of the Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins, and chair of the search committee, described Neil's selection: "Neil demonstrated throughout the process that he has both the experience and the collegial style that are necessary to make an effective executive director of technology transfer. I look forward to working with him as we forge new paths in technology commercialization at Johns Hopkins."

Neil is no stranger to Johns Hopkins, having spent four years here as an undergraduate, earning a BA in biology. He also holds an MBA and an MS in environmental health sciences, both from Case Western Reserve University.

We would like to thank the search committee for its diligence in conducting a nationwide search before enthusiastically recommending Neil Veloso. We would also like to wholeheartedly thank Jill Uhl, senior director of intellectual property, who has ably served as the interim director of technology transfer for the last nine months. Jill provides exemplary service to the Johns Hopkins faculty and student community through her understanding of complex intellectual property, and we are grateful for her leadership during the transition.

Neil will be a wonderful new addition to the team at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, and we are grateful he has accepted our offer. Please join us in welcoming him and his family to Johns Hopkins and to Baltimore.