Offices of Biotechnology and Business Development

About Us: The Team

John Harb 
John L. Harb
Assistant Dean, Scientific Operations
Director, Office of Biotechnology
john.harb@einstein.yu.edu 

John Harb has been at Einstein for over 30 years in positions of wide ranging and increasing responsibilities. John joined the Office of Biotechnology’s predecessor office in 1996 and became director of the Office in 2001. The Office’s track record of innovation and asset creation led in 2007 to the establishment of the Office of Business Development, in which John has an active senior role. In addition to his responsibility for the Office of Biotechnology, John is also the Assistant Dean for Scientific Operations, a position he has held since 2000. His responsibilities in the Dean’s Office focus on  laboratory space and resource allocation. He also serves on several leadership committees, including the Dean’s Executive Committee and the RPM.  John received his B.S. in Environmental Health from East Carolina University and received his M.S.P.H.  from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

 
 
Richard Kosman 
Richard Kosman
Director, Office of Business Development
richard.kosman@einstein.yu.edu 

Prior to joining the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2001 as assistant director in the office of biotechnology, Richard Kosman, Sc.M.M., worked as a life sciences industry investment banker/entrepreneur and developed a track record of building valuable life sciences products and companies from academic discoveries.  In January 2005, Richard was promoted to associate director of the office of biotechnology at Einstein.  In July 2007, he was further promoted to founding director of the new office of business development, which was created to establish additional collaborations with academic and commercial entities and to further translate the basic research advances made at Einstein into clinical applications.

Richard received his A.B. degree in chemistry summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and received his Sc.M.M. (Master of Medical Sciences) degree from Harvard Medical School.

Richard currently serves on the steering committee of the Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical & Translational Research at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center (Block Institute); on the experimental therapeutics advisory council of the Block Institute; and on the Pfizer Centers for Therapeutic Innovation — Einstein joint steering committee.  Finally, Richard serves in the Smart Partners Network and on the Board of Directors of Austral Incuba, the business incubator of Universidad Austral de Chile (a top-5 university in Chile).


 
David Silva 
David Silva, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Office of Business Development
david.silva@einstein.yu.edu 

David Silva, Ph.D., joined the office of business development in late December 2007 as senior business development analyst and was promoted to assistant director in 2010. He is responsible for research tools initiative and participates in the marketing and out-licensing of Einstein’s technologies. David received his B.S. in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine. He began his postgraduate career as a technology licensing associate at Upstate USA, Inc. (now a part of Millipore Corporation), where he focused on in-licensing technologies from the academic and biopharma communities. Most recently, David worked as a business development manager at Invitrogen Corporation, where he was responsible for out-licensing Invitrogen’s proprietary technologies to diagnostic, therapeutic and research tool companies and for enforcing Invitrogen’s intellectual property rights.


 
Janis Peck Paradiso 
Janis Peck Paradiso, M.B.A.
Assistant Director, Office of Business Development
janis.paradiso@einstein.yu.edu 

Janis Peck Paradiso, M.B.A., joined the office of business development in late December 2007 as business development analyst and was promoted to assistant director in 2010. In this role, she is responsible for the office's internal marketing and branding initiatives, manages the Technology Transfer Intern Program and participates in the marketing, negotiation and licensing of Einstein’s technologies. Before joining Einstein, Janis worked in the Technology Transfer Office at the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) for more than four years. In that position, she managed the Downstate Medical Center’s intellectual property portfolio, as well as other technologies from additional SUNY campuses; led licensing negotiations; and participated in marketing activities. Janis received her B.S. degree in computer engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University (formerly Polytechnic University) and her M.B.A. from the University at Albany, SUNY.


 
Ece Auffarth, Ph.D.   
Ece Auffarth, Ph.D.
Contract and Licensing Manager, Office of Biotechnology
ece.auffarth@einstein.yu.edu 

Ece Auffarth, Ph.D., joined the office of biotechnology in October of 2009 as contract and licensing administrator and was recently promoted contract and licensing manager.  Her responsibilities include negotiating, managing and overseeing a broad range of agreements between Einstein and its industrial and academic collaborators (e.g., Material Transfer Agreements, Industry-Sponsored Research Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, Consulting Agreements, Research Tool License Agreements, Inter-Institutional Agreements).  Ece received her B.S. in biology and Ph.D. in molecular genetics and microbiology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Upon completing her graduate studies, she worked at Darby & Darby P.C. as scientific advisor for two years. In that position, she was responsible for prosecuting patent applications, coordinating U.S. and international patent filings and maintaining client intellectual property portfolios. Prior to joining Einstein, Ece worked as scientific project manager at New York University, where she was responsible for managing the administration of a multi-institutional research program. Ece is a registered patent agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 


 

Michelle Acosta-Rivera   
Michelle Acosta-Rivera
Administrative Support
michelle.acosta-rivera@einstein.yu.edu 

 


 
Janet Walters.   
Janet Walters
Administrative Support
janet.walters@einstein.yu.edu 


 
Click here to log in