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.
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.