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Staff and Location

We are located at:

The Left Bank
3180 Chestnut Street, Suite 104
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Robert McGrath, PhD
Senior Associate Vice Provost

(; 215.895.0303)

Dr. McGrath is the Senior Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Technology Commercialization, and joined Drexel in 2005. Prior to joining Drexel, he spent six years at the University of Pennsylvania, serving as Director of Technology Licensing prior to his departure. Dr. McGrath has organized the Basic Licensing Course for the Association of University Technology Managers, and spoken about marketing university technologies, streamlining the deal making process at universities and integrating commercialization with translational research. He has served as a consultant for venture capital, evaluating the technical strengths of investment opportunities, and currently serves as an advisor for Ben Franklin Technology Partners. He received a B.S in Biology from Dickinson College, a Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University, and was an academic researcher for nearly fifteen years before entering the field of technology transfer.

Alexey Melishchuk, PhD
Associate Director, Licensing

(; 215.895.0304)

Dr. Melishchuk is the Associate Director, Licensing at the Office for Technology Commercialization and is responsible for commercializing inventions originating from the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Drexel Plasma Institute and other departments across varying disciplines. He is closely affiliated with the Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partnership at BioMed and directly involved in commercializing Coulter-funded technologies. Prior to joining Drexel in 2007, he spent two and half years as Assistant Vice President of Investment Banking at Janney Montgomery Scott. Prior to that, he was a business development consultant for private and public biotech and medical device companies and small investment funds in the Greater Philadelphia Area, and Senior Licensing Manager at the Center for Technology Transfer at the University of Pennsylvania before that. Dr. Melishchuk received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Physics and Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Moscow, Russia, and his PhD in Biophysics from the Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology in Kiev, Ukraine. After completing graduate studies he was a post-doctoral researcher and research associate at University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Physiology for more than five years.

Paul Dougherty
Licensing Manager

(; 215.571.4290)

Paul Dougherty is the Licensing Manager responsible for commercializing software and information technologies developed at Drexel. Prior to joining Drexel, Paul spent eight years as a software systems engineer working for defense-focused organizations including the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and Lockheed Martin. In addition, Paul has several years of experience with US and international patent prosecution. He served as a US Patent Examiner in the area of electronic gaming and subsequently became a registered US Patent Agent. He ran a patent consulting firm for more than two years and was the founder of a software company that develops patent-related research tools. Paul holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Systems engineering both from Boston University.

Elizabeth N. Poppert, PhD
Licensing Manager

(; 215.895.0999)

Dr. Poppert is a Licensing Manager with the Office of Technology Commercialization. She has 14 years of experience in technology commercialization with a strong focus on materials, devices, imaging, and information technology. She started her career in the Center for Technology Transfer at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000, and was promoted to Director of Physical Sciences Licensing in 2002. In 2006, Dr. Poppert joined i3 Archive, a startup commercializing cloud-based medical image archive and data management technology developed at the University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed as i3 Archive’s President in 2010 after holding several critical executive positions. Dr. Poppert received a B.S. in Microbiology from University of Illinois in 1985, M.S. in Biophysics from University of Illinois in 1987, and Ph.D. in Biophysics from University of Pennsylvania in 1995.

Sarah A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Licensing Manager

(; 215.571.4291)

Dr. Johnson joined the Office of Technology Commercialization in 2017, where she is responsible for managing intellectual property and commercializing inventions from life sciences and the College of Medicine. Prior to joining Drexel, Sarah was a Technology Licensing Officer for life science and engineering with the Penn Center for Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University, where she began her career in technology transfer as a University Administrative Fellow with the Office of Technology Licensing. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.

Janette H. Drayton
Office Manager

(; 215.895.0306)

Janette is the Office Manager for OTC since 2004 when the position was newly created. She came with many years of managerial experience in different industries including human resource management at a law firm and the corporate secretary’s office of a regional transportation agency. Janette handles the day-to-day operations of OTC from managing staff, faculty assignments, patent deadlines and data management to budgeting and compliance. She received her Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude) at Drexel. She also has her Associate’s Degree in Court Reporting and is a notary for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Theresa C. Torres
Administrative Coordinator, Finance

(; 215.571.4089)

Theresa is the Administrative Assistant for the financial operation of the Office of Technology Commercialization. Theresa handles the day-to-day financial operations of OTC from managing legal invoices, accounts payable and receivable, licensee data, royalties to docketing agreements and market research projects. Theresa has been at Drexel University since January 2011. Prior to joining Drexel, she worked as the Accounting Administrator for a small engineering firm. Theresa received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Cabrini College and her Master of Science in Professional Studies from Drexel University.