Steven Kuemmerle, Ph.D., Special Adviser on Innovation and Industry Partnerships to the EVP of Research, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Steve came to RFUMS from the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation where he was Senior Director, Industry Relations. He joined the University of Chicago in 2013 in a leadership role to manage technology licensing and commercialization.

Steve has nearly three decades of healthcare industry experience. Most recently, as Head of Venture Investments, Abbott Biotech Ventures, Inc., he led the evaluation and execution of equity investments in emerging pharma companies. Before that, Steve served as a director in Abbott’s Global Pharma Licensing Group. Steve first joined Abbott in 1987, where he managed various diagnostic R&D units before moving to the Pharmaceutical Division in 1997.

Steve received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Northwestern University. He serves as an advisor on various healthcare focused boards, and is Past-Chair of the Life Sciences Executive Committee for the Licensing Executive Society. Steve is a licensed airplane pilot, and enjoys hiking and sailing.

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