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Our business development operations began in 2015 by challenging the traditional way universities collaborate with corporations, investors and other external partners by embracing an agile mindset that customizes support and operates at the speed of business.
Never satisfied with the status quo, we continually evolve. We work with our partners and identify ways to improve connectivity, then share those best practices with the world around us. Listening and understanding help provide insights into when, and how, each connection should be made.
There is only one Tulane, but an infinite number of ways to collaborate with us:
Quite simply, engage us to save time and effort, as we handle the work of moving the academic process forward for you.
James Zanewicz, JD, LLM, RTTP
Chief Business Officer
James Zanewicz, JD, LLM, RTTP (’95, Tulane Law) returned to Tulane in 2015 after establishing the open science functions for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus, one of the most innovative experiments in scientific research. His career also includes functioning as a chemist for Rhône-Poulenc Rorer, launching the “new media” division for the syndicated daily news show EXTRA, elevating knowledge transfer and corporate partnerships at the University of Illinois, and founding the Innovation and Engagement functions at the University of Louisville. With a career defined by creating new divisions that propel organizations forward, he could not pass up the chance do so for the institution (and in the city) that is always closest to his heart. As Chief Business Officer, he serves as the principal biotech business development strategist and connectivity officer to industry, venture capital and other external collaborators; as well as overseeing marketing & communications, working on change-oriented special projects, and crisis management. Currently on the executive committee of the AAIH Board and co-chair for BIO's technology transfer committee, his former service include Chair of the Board of ATTP (the international organization for knowledge transfer professional accreditation), as well as the Boards of AUTM, NACRO and The BioJudiary Project. Seeing the world through the collaborative and forward-thinking lens of “What if we…”, he works closely with all other departments at Tulane to develop win-win endpoints and ensure an optimal enterprise experience.
Elaine Hamm, PhD
Executive in Residence
Elaine Hamm, PhD, is the CEO of the pharmaceutical accelerator, Ascend BioVentures where she manages early stage life science startups and evaluates the commercial potential of life science technologies, and as the Executive in Residence for the Tulane SoM she shares her expertise to elevate the connectivity between the Tulane and our corporate and investor community. Prior to joining Tulane and Ascend BioVentures, Dr. Hamm was the COO of Accele BioPharma and served as management for a portfolio of early stage pharmaceutical companies ranging from diabetes to hearing loss to infectious disease. Dr. Hamm has 13 years of professional leadership experience in the commercialization of early stage pharmaceutical therapeutics and diagnostics with experience in technology transfer, market analysis, and commercialization of preclinical and clinical stage products. She has designed and served as the Director for several, statewide start-up accelerator programs. Dr. Hamm also has experience in equity and nonequity funding of early stage companies and has been directly involved in closing almost $30M in equity investment deals, with a focus in the pharmaceutical industry and recently closed a $100M+ deal with a large pharmaceutical partner. In addition to her commercialization experience, Dr. Hamm has also worked a Senior Protein chemist in discovery and pre-clinical development of new chemical entities. Dr. Hamm received her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma and holds several licensed US and International patents.
Clay Christian, PhD
Director of Business Development
Claiborne “Clay” M. Christian, PhD, joined the RBD Office in 2017 as a Business Development Associate. Returning to his alma mater following a fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Clay is a biomedical and life sciences generalist with special expertise in Oncology and Infectious Diseases – two of Tulane’s historic areas of strength. As Director of Business Development, he assists in establishing and facilitating collaborations involving research at Tulane and industry, venture capital, and other external partners, showcasing Tulane’s research capabilities and strengths. During COVID-19, Clay's unique combination of a liberal arts and deep scientific skillset were fully employed as he successfully pivoted to take on new roles amid changing circumstances, including curating an industry-acclaimed newsletter focused on COVID-19 research and news often pinpointed as the go-to source for concise scientific info (the Tulane COVID-19 Digest), overseeing ongoing analysis of research and innovation, and assisting with oversight of School of Medicine Communications.
Business Development Fellow
Kaylynn Genemaras (Tulane Bioinnovation PhD Candidate) joined the team in early 2022 as the office’s first Business Development Fellow. After completing her Bachelor’s in Science in Bioengineering at Lehigh University (’15), Kaylynn—a New Orleans native—moved back to the city to pursue her PhD in Tulane’s Bioinnovation Program. While completing her PhD, she gained real world experience via various internship opportunities that included working at the Food and Drug Administration as a Research Analyst and working at the New Orleans Bioinnovation Center as a Commercialization Intern. Her interests encompass the junction between biomedical research and commercialization, with expertise in infectious disease diagnostics and global health technologies. Kaylynn’s ultimate career goal is to tap into the translational research potential of her city by way of Tulane University assets and collaborations.
Carolyn Scofield, MPS
Asst. Director, Marketing & Communications
Carolyn Scofield, MPS (’21, Tulane School of Professional Advancement) joined Tulane University in 2015 after more than 14 years as a television news reporter. Her initial role in public relations often brought her to the School of Medicine to cover stories about groundbreaking research and connect media with leading experts. As the Assistant Director for Marketing and Communications at the School of Medicine, Carolyn is continuing that work overseeing the team that reports on research and expertise and ensures that departments, programs and people share their discoveries and solutions with the world. She has a special talent for bringing science to life through a variety of media and ensuing that everyone (from business development executives to the general public) can understand what the latest groundbreaking research at Tulane could mean for them. Carolyn has a master’s degree in emergency management, a field that studies everything from natural disasters to reputational crises. She has an extensive background in television and radio broadcasting, journalism and social media.
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Is it urgent? Call us: James Zanewicz (504.919.3800), Clay Christian (504.909.3905), Carolyn Scofield (504.881.4542).