Career Possibilities Panel & Speed Networking - Business Development, Portfolio Strategy, & Tech Transfer

In the world of business, careers are no longer linear or predictable. What was once a clearly sign-posted path as you progressed through milestones, a career road map is now circuitous presenting new challenges and opportunities at every bend. Life-long careers in one sector or one company are becoming a rarity as new technologies and shifting social norms disrupt traditional careers. Both employers and employees are seeking more diversity of experience, lifestyle flexibility and alternative paths.

This panel is designed to help you think about your career path and the different options that are open to you. The panel will have an informational interview type feel with panelists sharing their career paths, a look at what their job entails, transferrable skills for those looking to make a change, tips for uncovering opportunities, advice for others, and how to make brave leaps. The panel discussion will be moderated by Yelena Wetherill, Director, Alliance Management, Business Development & Licensing at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR).

Panelists to Include:

  • Julie Coote, Associate Director, Global Program Management, Translational & Clinical Oncology at NIBR
  • Hilary Eaton, Senior Vice President & Head of Business Development, Tome Biosciences
  • Tatiana Demidova-Rice, Director of Business Development, Evotec
  • Juliana Leung, Senior Director, Business Development and Licensing Transactions, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Irene Lau, Vice President of Business Development, Intellia Therapeutics
  • Ana Lopes, Senior Business Development Executive, Research Investment Office at IBM


Date and Time:  
May 10, 2023
6:00-7:30 PM EST

6:00-6:30: Registration, food, facilitated networking, welcome
6:30-7:30: Panel discussion
7:30-7:45: Small group speed networking round 1
7:45-8:00: Small group speed networking round 2

Koch Institute at MIT 
500 Main Street 
Cambridge, MA 02139 

Cost: Free

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Tatiana Demidova-Rice is a Director of Business Development at Evotec, a global drug discovery and development company. Previously, Tatiana worked as a Contracts and Collaborations Manager at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that Tatiana was building and managing relationships between academic investigators and industry partners as a Project Manager at Boston Children's Technology Development Fund and as a Business Development Manager at Harvard’s Office of Technology Development. Earlier in her career, Tatiana was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School conducting research in the fields on wound healing, angiogenesis and oncology. Tatiana earned her PhD from Tufts University and her undergraduate degree in biology from Yaroslavl State University in Russia.

Juliana Leung, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Business Development and Licensing Transactions at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she leads Broad’s business development and licensing team. She has more than 15 years of business development and transactional experience. Juliana provides expertise to build collaborations with industry as well as partnerships with pharma, biotech, and venture groups that are eager to translate technologies into products that can benefit patients, the research community, and improve human health. Before joining the Broad in 2012, Juliana was Senior Business Strategy and Licensing Manager for Research Ventures and Licensing at Partners Healthcare, now referred to as Innovation at MassGeneral Brigham. She received her S.B. in Biology from MIT and her Ph.D. in Cellular, Molecular and Biophysical Studies from Columbia University in New York. 

Ana Lopes co-leads the Research Investment Office (RIO) at IBM. The RIO team aims to maximize ROI via alternative monetization deals and to accelerate time-to-market for IBM Research ‘big bets’. Ana is a business strategist and deal lead with 16+ years of experience in multiple innovative and dynamic industries, including quantum computing, semiconductors, and AI. With a scientific background in Astrophysics and a deep passion for early-stage technologies, Ana has a holistic understanding of the entire process of business design and technology commercialization – from the lab to the market. Prior to joining IBM, Ana was a Commercial Director at GE Ventures developing and executing the innovation ecosystem strategy for the group and supporting commercial engagements between GE businesses and the portfolio companies to accelerate growth. Her professional experience also includes leading multiple spin-off deals from MIT and Boston University as well as serving as Business Development Strategist for E Ink and consulting. She is a co-founder and Board member of SciBr Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting meaningful cultural, educational and scientific exchange between Brazil and the US. Her work with the foundation was recognized by the Brazilian Federal government in 2015 via the prestigious Brazilian Diaspora Award. Ana earned her MBA from Boston University and holds an Honors Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics from University of Toronto.

Check out our other events in this series: 

2/16/2023: Career Possibilities & Speed Networking: Communications
4/26/2023: Career Possibilities & Speed Networking: Research & Development, Discovery
8/24/2023: Career Possibilities & Speed Networking: Scientific & Medical Education