Spotlight on Niki Robinson

Forging Partnerships that Accelerate Research and Development

Niki Robinson, Vice President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Niki Robinson is responsible for all strategic planning for Fred Hutch and leads several administrative teams that support and accelerate its science. These teams include Facilities & Operations, Business Development & Strategy, General Operational Services and Strategic Project Management for the President & Director’s Office.

In her role leading Facilities & Operations, Robinson oversees Campus Planning & Construction, Environmental Health & Safety, Property Management, Engineering and Maintenance to build and maintain a seamless infrastructure to support cutting-edge research and services across Fred Hutch.

Dr. Niki Robinson
Dr. Niki Robinson, vice president and deputy chief operating officer, oversees Business Development & Strategy and leads several other administrative groups, including Strategic Project Management for the President & Director’s Office. Robert Hood / Fred Hutch

As the head of Business Development & Strategy, Robinson seeks to build the strongest possible bridge between the scientific discoveries at Fred Hutch and new or existing companies that can most quickly and efficiently bring new diagnostics, treatments and cures to patients. Her work in this role has led to a fivefold increase in invention disclosures and a doubling of commercial licenses.

Robinson also provides leadership for General Operational Services, which includes Meeting & Event Services, Security, Transportation & Parking, and Travel.

Prior to joining Fred Hutch in 2015, Robinson led business development at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She began her career in technology transfer at the University of Chicago, where she also received her Ph.D. in cell physiology.