Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

A CTSA partner accelerating discoveries toward human health

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Center for Translational Innovation

The Center for Translational Innovation (CTI) offers expertise in areas of technology commercialization and innovation. Whether it’s a new faculty looking to get their innovation to the bedside or a seasoned innovator looking to create a business, CTI can provide counsel, guidance and resources to propel this process to successful outcomes. CTI offers counsel relating to: pilot grant funding, mentorship programs, commercialization clinics and courses, intellectual property protection, business development and regulatory strategy.

The Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) partnered with NUCATS to create the CTI. INVO is a Northwestern office that focuses on identifying technologies with commercial potential, increasing the value of those technologies through intellectual property protection and helping in the development and movement towards commercialization through licensing, new ventures and partnering. The INVO team actively scouts for faculty research with commercialization potential and offers guidance on their potential commercial development. INVO also frequently hosts campus events and programs to help support the growing culture of commercialization and entrepreneurship at Northwestern.

The most effective way to ensure a rich and sustainable pipeline of innovations is through the creation of a culture of translation and innovation. Toward this end, CTI develops programs and activities to support Northwestern’s entrepreneurial environment for faculty, staff and students.”

Alicia Löffler, PhD, associate director for CTI, executive director of INVO and associate vice president for research

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To request our services, fill out this form. For more information, contact Alicia Löffler, PhD, at 847-491-4647.

Alicia Löffler, PhD

The CTI is led by Alicia Löffler, PhD. Previously, Dr. Loffler founded the Center for Biotechnology Management at the Kellogg School, focusing on management of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. She was a founding board member of the Biotechnology Institute. She received her bachelor's degree from University of Minnesota and PhD from University of Massachusetts, with post-doctoral work at Caltech in biochemical engineering.


Nick Maull, JD

Nick Maull, JD, is the assistant director of CTI and NUCATS preclinical navigator. Prior to this, Nick was part of the legal team in the INVO Evanston office as an Intellectual Property Associate. Nick graduated from Miami University with a degree in biology and neuroscience and from the University of Cincinnati College of Law focusing on intellectual property and business. Before joining Northwestern University, he was an attorney in the intellectual property and business department of a national law firm.

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