Our Staff

The staff at OCR is skilled at identifying technologies with market potential, navigating the patent process, connecting Yale researchers with academic and industry partners, building management teams and introducing startups to funding sources. Get in touch today!


Managing Director

Jon Soderstrom


Business Development Professionals

John W. Puziss - Director of Business Development

David A. Lewin - Senior Associate Director of Business Development

Hong Peng - Associate Director of Business Development

Christopher Unsworth - Associate Director of Business Development

Lolahon Kadiri - Business Development Associate

Valarie Truax - Business Development Associate

Richard L. Andersson - Senior Business Development Associate


New Ventures

Bill Wiesler - Director of New Ventures


Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale

Erika R. Smith - Director of the Blavatnik Fund


Operations Team

Timothy Opstrup - Director of Finance & Administration

Kevin Mahoney - Assistant Business Manager

Diane K. Harmon - Director of Intellectual Property Administration

Natasha G. Samuels - Intellectual Property Manager (CT Notary Public)

Tina Muzzy - Intellectual Property Compliance Associate (CT Notary Public)

DawnMarie Portoff - Senior Licensing Compliance Professional (CT Notary Public)

Brita Belli - Communications Officer

Connie Rowley - Financial Assistant

Olga Rivera - Operations Coordinator (CT Notary Public)

Ann Hollmann - Senior Administrative Assistant (CT Notary Public)


Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI)

James G. Boyle - Managing Director

Kassie Tucker - Program Director

Brita Belli - Communications Officer

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