Two Promotions in Research Commercialization and Licensing

Tania Litvin-Vechnyak has been promoted to executive director, licensing and intellectual property in the Office of Research Commercialization.

Tania has extensive experience in licensing and evaluation of technologies, particularly in the life sciences. She received her doctorate in pharmacology from Cornell Weill and conducted postdoctoral research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Tania started her career in technology licensing at UMDNJ and spent two years as an internal liaison and senior licensing manager at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Tania’s new responsibilities include the lifecycle management of all intellectual property from the Notice of Invention through the decision points specified in the ORC technology licensing strategy.  She has the responsibility for leading all marketing and licensing activities within ORC in agriculture, physical sciences, engineering and biomedical sciences, and for managing an efficient and effective interface between the licensing and patenting activities at Rutgers. 

Yair Harel has been promoted to executive director, new ventures and research commercialization funding.

Yair has over 30 years of experience in business development and has been in that role at Rutgers University since 2002. Yair will continue to be responsible for managing all start-up activities at Rutgers including the inception, business plan development, incorporation, licensing, funding and business development activities. In addition, Yair will be responsible for the creation and management of the TechAdvance Fund, which is Rutgers’ first sustainable gap funding mechanism for technologies and science with potential for commercialization. Yair will also be responsible for the creation and growth of SoCrates, Rutgers’ new copyright and software licensing group.