Before joining MIT, Ben led product development at large companies and startups at the Director and VP level, often working through international and US joint development partnerships. With a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell, the first half of his career produced diverse products for medical, industrial, and consumer imaging, drawing from the fields of electrical, optical, laser and CMOS sensor engineering.
In 2001, he transitioned into biotech, developing instruments for proteomics and cell-based assays before ending up in antibody drug discovery. As a consultant, he has guided technology venture develoment firms in assessing investment opportunities and developing their IP strategy, and helped a number of life science startups secure SBIR funding.
Ben has been MIT’s Technology Licensing Officer for Medical Devices for nearly five years, licensing in the fields of digital health, therapeutics, medical devices, prosthetics, biomaterials, and laboratory instrumentation. He finds life at MIT’s Technology Licensing Office to be a fascinating blend of science, business, and law.