David Knaack, Ph.D.
Director, Office for Technology Transfer
Dr. Knaack, the former Vice President of Product Development & Manufacturing at ORTHOCON/ABYRX, Inc., joined WHOI after 24 years of Product Development and Research leadership in the Medical Device/Biotech industry. He is a registered patent agent, the prosecuting agent of record on two issued US patents and a named inventor on eighteen others. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University and a Ph.D. in Neurochemistry from Cornell University. He completed post-doctoral work as a Howard Hughes Fellow in Molecular Biology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Knaack has published in a wide variety of technical areas including biomaterials and developmental, cellular and neuro- biology.
Technical Marketing Specialist
Allison joined WHOI in 2015 as the Office for Technology Transfer’s Technical Marketing Specialist. Managing the office’s web presence as well as the communications, marketing, and outreach efforts, she works to extend the reach of WHOI technologies within the scientific community as well as the greater business community. Prior to joining WHOI, Allison worked in marketing & communications roles both domestically and internationally. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Connecticut.
Gabriel Hendricks, Ph.D.
Gabe joined the Office for Technology Transfer in 2017 after earning a Ph.D. at UMass Medical School in Biomedical Research and postdoctoral study at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital, where he focused on infectious disease research, and novel anti-infective therapies. Gabriel works on behalf of WHOI scientists and engineers to identify and protect their intellectual property. He reviews WHOI inventions, determines patentability, and drafts patent applications. He also coordinates with outside counsel to submit patent applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office and responds to USPTO Actions to secure issued patents.
Senapathy Rajagopalan, Ph.D., MBA
Senapathy Rajagopalan joined WHOI in 2017 as a Licensing Associate in the Office of Technology Transfer. Sena holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and an MBA from Jones School of Business at Rice University focusing on Marketing and Finance. Prior to joining WHOI, Sena worked in both research and business roles in various capacities such as post-doctoral work at UTMD Anderson Cancer Center and Methodist Hospital, strategic marketing at Medtronic, business development at Fannin Innovation Studio, and as an intern at Houston Angel Network. Sena is responsible for drafting agreements and assessing market opportunity for various WHOI technologies.