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Farley Fellows

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Vadim Backman

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Vadim Backman is director of the Biophotonics Center at Northwestern University. He co-founded two biomedical device companies: American BioOptics LLC, which develops fiber-optic technology to identify patients at high risk for colorectal cancer, and Nanocytomics, which develops nanocytology technology for early cancer detection.

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Larry Birnbaum

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Larry Birnbaum is co-founder and chief scientific adviser of Narrative Science, a company that extracts insights from pools of data, turning it into actionable stories and insights. His research focus has been in natural language processing, intelligent information systems, and human-computer interaction.

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Alok Choudhary

Henry and Isabelle Dever Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Alok Choudhary is Henry and Isabel Dever Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a professor of at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is the founding director of the Center for Ultra-scale Computing and Information Security (CUCIS), which involves several schools, National Labs and universities. Professor Choudhary is a fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), fellow of the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) and a fellow of the AAAS (American Academy of Advancement of Science).

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Ed Colgate

Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Senior Professor in DesignProfessor of Mechanical Engineering

Colgate is an expert in robotics, cobots, human-machine interaction, and haptic interface. Along with Michael Peshkin, he founded Tanvas, a company that brings haptic technology to touchscreens; Kinea Design, a leader in human/robotic collaboration technology that specializes in medical robotics; and Cobotics, Inc., a provider of intelligent assist devices to industry.

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Lisa Dhar

Senior Associate Director, Office of Technology Management (Technology Transfer)

Lisa Dhar is Director of New Business Ventures for Engineering at the Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) and McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University.

Lisa Dhar was co-founder and vice president of InPhase Technologies, a company spun out of Lucent Technologies and was most recently the Senior Associate Director of the Office of Technology Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lisa Dhar has served on the National Academies' Assessment Panel on Materials Science and Engineering at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and on the Advisory Board for University of Colorado's Women in Engineering.

Dhar holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Chicago.

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Tobin Marks

Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic ChemistryCharles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of ChemistryProfessor of Material Science and Engineering

Tobin Marks is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, the Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalyic Chemistry at Northwestern University. Tobin has received numerous awards for his work, including the distinguished 2017 Priestly Medal. Tobin currently runs the Tobin Marks group, a team of nearly 40 researchers working in four laboratories on catalysis and (in)organic electronic-themed research.

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Patrick McCarthy

Executive Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular InstituteProfessor in Surgery-Cardiac Surgery

McCarthy is the executive director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and a distinguished clinician and researcher in the field of cardiac surgery. He is also the chief of the division of Surgery-Cardiac Surgery at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and the first Heller-Sacks Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery. McCarthy has authored or co-authored over 450 publications and has developed three valve repair rings in wide commercial use.

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Chad Mirkin

George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering

Nanotechnology expert Chad Mirkin has co-founded four startups, including Nanosphere Inc., a diagnostic equipment maker that uses nanotechnology principles to test for medical conditions, and AuraSense Therapeutics, a biotechnology company that commercializes spherical nucleic acid (SNA™) constructs as gene regulation and modulation agents for diseases. He is George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Medicine.

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Joseph Moskal

Distinguished Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Joint appointment with Neurological Surgery (MED)Director of the Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics

Moskal is founder and chief scientific officer of Naurex, an Evanston-based drug discovery company that develops therapies for difficult-to-treat depression and other central nervous system diseases. Its therapeutics include two rapid-acting antidepressants currently in clinical development.

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Milan Mrksich

Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology

Mrksich’s research combines synthetic chemistry with materials science to study important problems in cell biology. He is a co-founder of Arsenal Medical Inc., a medical devices company that has a stent product in clinical trials, and more recently co-founded SAMDI Tech, an early-stage technology company based on his new platform for analyzing biochemical reactions. Technology Review magazine named Mrksich as a "100 Top Young Innovators" in 2002.

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Greg Olson

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Olson is a leader and pioneer in the field of computational materials design. In 1996, he co-founded QuesTek Innovations, a new-materials design company and global leader in integrated computational materials engineering. In 2005, QuesTek was named on Fortune magazine’s list of 25 breakthrough companies.

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Michael Peshkin

Professor of Mechanical EngineeringBette and Neison Harris Professor in Teaching Excellence

Peshkin has founded four startups to commercialize his technologies in robotics and human-machine interaction: Tangible Haptics, a company that “lets you feel what you see” on touchscreens; Kinea Design, a developer of robotic and mechatronic assist devices for physical therapy; Cobotics, Inc., commercializing collaborative robots; and Mako Surgical, in image-guided surgery.

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