Vara Prasad V.N. Josyula, PhD
Associate Director, Life Sciences Innovation and New Ventures Office Northwestern University
Vara Prasad, Ph.D. is an Associate Director, Life Sciences, Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) at Northwestern University. Vara Prasad manages portfolios in Medicinal Chemistry, Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering in the area of biomedical products including therapeutics and biomedical devices. This includes evaluating new inventions for patentability, securing intellectual property protection, evaluating market potential, identifying and marketing to potential licensees, negotiating term sheets, and drafting license agreements.
Vara Prasad brings over twenty years of pharmaceutical research and development experience to INVO, working with both large multi-national pharmaceutical (Research Fellow at Parke-Davis and Pfizer) and small bio-tech companies (Senior Director at PTC Therapeutics). As a project leader and team member, he led/participated in several projects to bring them to Phase-1 and Phase-2 clinical trials. He is an author/co-author of over 75 publications in peer-reviewed journals and inventor/co-inventor of over 35 patent/patent application families.
Vara Prasad also worked for over two years at a law firm, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, as a Patent Agent. He is certified to practice before United States Patent and Trademarks Office.
Vara Prasad earned his M.S. in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. He completed post-doctoral studies at Purdue University with Prof. Herbert C. Brown (Nobel Laureate); and University of Wisconsin-Madison with Prof. Steven D. Burke and Prof. Daniel H. Rich.
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